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Easy Fruitcake Cookies

Need a unique cookie recipe to add to your annual cookie exchange? These Easy Fruitcake Cookies are slightly chewy, butter-free, and packed with dried fruits and nuts!

A stack of Fruitcake Cookies with Christmas ornaments in the background

I took the traditional Sri Lankan Christmas Cake of my youth and adapted the recipe to come up with these decadently delicious, Easy Fruitcake Cookies.

A version of these cookies first appeared on Sofab food. These ever so slightly chew Fruitcake Cookies are dairy-free and taste incredible.

If I say Christmas Cake, you probably think about fruit cake, right?

But, the traditional Sri Lankan Christmas Cake I grew up on was far, far from the fruit cake that adorns most grocery store shelves this time of year.

Yes, it has fruits and nuts in it, but it also has brandy and jam in it, and it is made months in advance because the longer it sits, the better it tastes – just like a fine wine.

The 14 Ingredients To make Christmas cookies aka fruit cake cookies

What are the ingredients needed to make these fruitcake cookies?

You will need the following 14 ingredients to make these cookies:

  1. Medjool dates
  2. Raisins
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Light brown sugar
  5. 2 Eggs
  6. Raspberry preserves
  7. Walnut pieces
  8. Pecan pieces
  9. Salt
  10. Fruit and peel mix
  11. Baking powder
  12. Vanilla extract
  13. Almond extract
  14. All-purpose flour

Once you have all your ingredients together, it takes about 15 minutes to mix up the batter and another 15 minutes or so to bake these. I have chilled the dough before for just a few minutes. But, I did not chill the dough for this batch.

So, if you need a cookie to add to your Holiday cookie platter, these fruitcake cookies are quick, easy, tasty, and a unique spin to any cookie platter!

Chopping fruits and nuts

When I was a youngster, my parents would start making our traditional Sri Lankan Christmas Cake months ahead of Christmas. My dad and mom would cut up what seemed like cups and cups of glazed cherries, candied ginger, dates, raisins, ginger peel, lemon and lime peel, and cashews.

Then, using a huge wooden spoon and what seemed like a cauldron, my dad would mix those fruits and nuts with brandy, jam, and golden syrup.

That sweet boozy smell was intoxicating – and we hadn’t even gotten to baking it yet!

My parents would usually cover this concoction up with plastic and let it sit for a few days so the booze and fruits and nuts got well acquainted. Then semolina and aromatic spices like cinnamon and cardamom, sugar, and a boatload of eggs were added in.

Christmas cake cookies about to be baked

Then this cake mix would be poured into heavily lined baking trays and the cake would be baked for three to four hours over a very low flame.

And ~ y’all ~ the smell!

Wow – it was simply swoon-worthy!

Now, when that cake finally emerged, my mom would cut it into small 2×2 inch slices and then wrap each slice up.

Slices of Sri Lankan Christmas Cake were so incredibly treasured. And, to me, one of the reasons I enjoyed visiting numerous relatives and friends while we lived in Sri Lanka. A few years ago, I missed that Sri Lankan Christmas cake so much, I made these Christmas Cake Cupcakes.

Easy Christmas Cake Cookies

I used elements of that Sri Lankan Christmas Cake of my youth in these Easy Fruitcake Cookies.

Now, I did not marinate the fruits and nuts in brandy for days. In fact, for this version, I left the brandy out (only using a bit in the drizzle). I whipped everything up the same day.

I also exchanged the butter for solid coconut oil. While I used all-purpose flour in this recipe, you could substitute it for some gluten-free all-purpose flour.

Even with my adaptations, the smell permeating my kitchen when these were baking took me on a trip down memory lane!

Brandy Frosted Christmas Cake Cookies

When these came out of the oven, I forced myself to wait until they were somewhat cool before digging into one. And then I thought, why not make a quick drizzle or frosting for these with brandy?

So, I mixed up some confectioners sugar with brandy and drizzled it over these cookies/. Only one word came to mind as I sank my teeth into one of these ~ glorious.

These cookies are so good – I sure hope you give these a try! If you are looking for a plain, eggless cookie, check out these vegan spritz cookies too.

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A stack of Fruitcake Cookies with Christmas ornaments in the background

Easy Fruitcake Cookies

4.88 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Author: Shashi
Need a unique cookie recipe to add to your annual cookie exchange? These Easy Fruitcake Cookies are slightly chewy, butter-free, and packed with dried fruits and nuts!


Fruitcake Cookies

  • 6 dates
  • 2 Tbsp raisins
  • 1/4 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fruit and peel mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Brandy Drizzle

  • 3 Tbsp confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp brandy


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Chop the dates, raisins, walnuts, and pecans, so they would fit well into a cookie.
  • Then add coconut oil and brown sugar to a bowl and cream them using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add in the eggs and mix.
  • Then add in the strawberry jam and mix.
  • Add in the dates, raisins, walnuts, and pecans, and mix well.
  • Add in the salt, fruit, and peel mix, baking powder, vanilla, and almond extracts, and mix well with the electric mixer.
  • Then add in the all-purpose flour and mix just until incorporated. Do not over-mix.
  • Then, scoop spoonfuls onto a parchment-lined or Silpat-lined baking tray. You can shape the cookies a bit using the back of your spoon.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let cool.
  • These cookies can be enjoyed as is.
  • Or you can drizzle them with a brandy frosting/drizzle. The brandy drizzle can be made by mixing together confectioners sugar with the brandy. Mix well and drizzle over the cool cookies.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g
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  1. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    While I love desserts loaded with nuts (and sometimes dried fruit), I have a complicated relationship with a traditional fruit cake – cannot decide whether I like it or not! Lol These cookies though? Sound like a lovely and different option!

  2. Andrea says:

    These Fruitcake cookies sound divine. Love that they are so easy to make and are perfect for a cookie exchange or cookie tray.

  3. Eni says:

    I love these beautiful cookies. I prepared them the other day. They are so easy to make and are delicious!

  4. Ned says:

    These are awesome and reminds me so much of my Grandma’s Fruitcake. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Dana Sandonato says:

    These are literally SO much better than fruit cake!! We all loved these cookies.

  6. Caroline says:

    I love all the textures and flavor in these from the fruit and nuts – yum!