Glazed Fruitcake Cookies

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Studded with candied fruit and spiked with rum, these Glazed Fruitcake Cookies are the from-scratch version of our editor-in-chief, Brian Hart Hoffman’s grandfather’s cookies. We finished them off with a Rum Drizzle to make them extra merry. From our family to yours, these cakey cookies are sure to become a part of your own holiday traditions.

Click here to watch Brian bake these up on Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel!

Glazed Fruitcake Cookies
 
Makes about 36 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups (300 grams) spiced rum
  • ½ cup (100 grams) finely chopped candied red cherries
  • ½ cup (100 grams) finely chopped candied green cherries
  • ½ cup (87 grams) finely chopped dried pineapple
  • ½ cup (83 grams) finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • ½ cup (85 grams) finely chopped candied orange
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¾ cups (350 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup (55 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) rum extract
  • 3½ cups (438 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cloves
  • 1 cup (113 grams) chopped toasted pecans
  • Rum Drizzle (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine spiced rum, cherries, pineapple, crystallized ginger, and orange, and heat on high until hot, 2 to 3 minutes; let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain fruit mixture. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, 1¼ cups (250 grams) granulated sugar, and brown sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in rum extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground ginger, and cloves. Add flour mixture to butter mixture all at once; beat at low speed just until combined, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Fold in fruit mixture and pecans. (Dough will be sticky.)
  5. Place remaining ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar on a rimmed plate. Using a 2-tablespoon spring-loaded scoop, scoop dough, and shape into balls (42 grams each). Roll in sugar, and place 1½ to 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Using the palm of your hand, gently flatten balls to 1-inch thickness.
  6. Bake until light golden brown and set around the edges, about 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 3 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Place Rum Drizzle in a piping bag, and cut a ¼-inch opening in tip. Drizzle onto cooled cookies.

Rum Drizzle
 
Makes about ½ cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons (22.5 grams) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) spiced rum
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until smooth. Use immediately.

 

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