What other time of the year do you eat fruitcake besides Christmas?
If you are from our family the answer would be...never.
Fruitcake makes an appearance at our house at Christmas and Christmas only.
It's not really our favorite.
That being said...I wanted to try something that was fruitcake-like but without all the hassle of making fruitcake.
Enter these easy fruitcake cookies that I found over at Suite 101.
I enjoyed these as a substitute for actual fruitcake. They are much lighter and (of course) simpler to make.
I'm calling them the lazy man's (woman's?) fruitcake.
(adapted from Suite 101)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup candied red cherries, chopped
1/2 cup candied green cherries, chopped
Preheat oven to 325. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until well mixed. Beat in egg, vanilla & almond extract.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder & soda, and spices.
Alternately beat in the flour mixture and the buttermilk into the creamed butter mixture, mix well.
Fold in pecans, dates, red & green cherries.
Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cooking tray.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven, let cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
This easily can be doubled, in case you have someone who really, really loves fruitcake.
Not really an issue at our house.
If you need a very Christmas-y cookie to bring to a cookie swap or other Christmas event - this is a good one.