Wholemeal Fruit Cake Cookies

    1 hour 20 min

    This recipe is highly versatile. You can use it to make cookies or a cake. They are low in fat, high in fibre and packed full of flavour. What else could you ask for?

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    Makes: 1 loaf or 36 cookies

    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 250ml water
    • 150g raisins
    • 30g butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 180g wholemeal flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 75g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 120g cut mixed peel
    • 60g chopped nuts
    • 75g chopped dried mixed fruit

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease one 23x13cm loaf tin.
    2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook together the sugar, water, raisins, butter and salt. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    3. Sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Stir into the cooled raisin mixture.
    4. Add the chopped dates, mixed peel, nuts and dried fruit.
    5. Pour into loaf tin and bake for 1 hour or drop spoons of the batter onto a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.

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    I did like this as a cookie. I only used raisins, sliced almonds, and diced, dried apricots for the fillers. It is a sweet,chewy cookie that I'm sure is very low fat since it does'nt have any eggs or oil. Be sure to grease your cookie sheet and I suggest rolling the dough with lightly buttered hands to form balls rather than just spooning them onto the cookie sheet.  -  19 Nov 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was truly a crowd pleaser. I made mini fruitcakes using three mini loaf pans, and baked for 40 minutes. Great gift idea also, wrapped in holiday plastic saran wrap and tied with ribbon!  -  13 Dec 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Finally a low fat cookie that actually tastes good! I made about 30 medium sized cookies, and added some wheat germ when I ran out of whole wheat flour. I also reduced the sugar to 2/3 cup and the sweetness was perfect. Just make sure to watch carefully as they cook, because even if they don't look done on top, they may be burning on the bottom!  -  08 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)