Cook's Hideout: Fruit & Nut Cookies

June 23, 2009

Fruit & Nut Cookies

This is a recipe that has been on my to-make list for a very long time. I watched Ina Garten make them on her Barefoot Contessa show and when Priya (@ Akshayapaatram) made them egg-less and vegan on her blog, I had to absolutely had to make them. I even bought all the ingredients, but couldn’t find the much needed time to make them.
As the old saying goes, it’s better late than never, so this past weekend, I finally MADE these yummy cookies. I followed the original recipe to the T, I’m giving the same recipe here.

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Recipe.
Dried fruit – 2 – 2 ½ cups (I used a combination of raisins, dried cherries/pineapple/papaya/prunes/apricots/figs & cashews)
Honey – 1tbsp
Dry Sherry – 2tbsp
Lemon juice – 2tbsp, freshly squeezed
Salt – pinch
All-purpose flour – 2 2/3 cups
Sugar – ½ cup
Light brown sugar – 1/3 cup
Butter – 2 sticks, unsalted and @ room temperature (I leave it out the night before)
Egg – 1 extra large
Ground cloves – ½ tsp

  • Add honey, sherry, salt & lemon juice to dried fruit and nuts; cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.
  • Cream butter along with both sugars, ground cloves with hand mixer on medium speed, for about 3 minutes.
  • Add egg and mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly add the flour and ¼ tsp salt and mix until just combined; do not overmix.
  • Add the fruits and nuts, along with any liquid in the bowl.
  • Divide the dough in half and place each half on a parchment paper. This dough is very easy to work with and the recipe makes about 5-dozen cookies, so if you want to divide it into more than 2 logs for future use, go ahead and make 4 smaller logs. Roll each log in the parchment and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place all the logs that are not being used right away in a Ziploc bag and stow in the freezer (right now I’ve 3 logs waiting to be used).
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the log into ½” thick slices. Place them on a ungreased cookie pa ½” apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. My cookies were ready in 16-17 minutes, but the bottoms were slightly browned, so keep checking after 15 minutes.
These are sooooo good, buttery with the sweet and tangy bite from the dried fruit. I think I like them better than Karachi bakery fruit cookies. Thanks Priya for making me try these, they are worth every minute of the wait.

These cookies go to Mansi @ Fun & Food Blog for her Sugar High Fridays-Fruit & Nut event.


  1. Oh wow that's an awesome cookie the addition of lemon juice and dried fruits....yum...

  2. They look so so delcious. Wish i had few of them with my tea.

  3. Gorgeous cookies with all those dry fruits looks absolutely fabulous!

  4. Cookies have come out yummy! the last click you can send it to Click:Stacks too its perfect!

  5. Oh wow, i would love to give it a bite. They look very hard to resist. Great cookies!

  6. yayyyy! you made them and they look puuuhfect! I wish I could grab a few from here. and secretly, I liked them a lil more than the karachi biscuits too :D Pineapple and papaya make it sound so tropical and exotic,a burst of flavors in your mouth. Your son must be having a blast munching on them :)

  7. wow! these look perfect, just like the ones I asked my mom to get for us from india:) maybe I should've given you the order instead:)

    thanks for sharing it with SHF Pavani!

  8. Aww looks so delicious! Loved the combo of dried fruits!

  9. they look both crisp and moist at the same time!!

  10. Cookies are just amazing! I am tempted to go and make them right now. :)

  11. i enjoy the combination of fruit and nut in any dessert and these cookies look perfect.

  12. yummy cookies and a nice picture.

  13. Gorgeous cookies. Must taste great with tea!

  14. Made these last night for a friend's birthday, with some alterations - figs, cranberries and candied ginger with walnuts, almonds and coconut - that's what I had in the pantry! Added muscat instead of sherry. Called em boozy fruitcake cookies, which was appropriate for the birthday girl. Everyone LOVED them, so thank you thank you!

  15. Did you know that this site also has pictures of your cookies?

  16. Did you know this site also has pictures of your cookies?


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