Fruit cake cookie clusters

    40 min

    All of the familiar fruit cake flavours in top form - cookie form! Fruits like dates, pineapple, cherries and raisins with nuts, spices and of course brandy are baked into soft, chewy cookie clusters to be enjoyed at Christmas, or any time of the year.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 144 

    • 450g candied pineapple
    • 450g glacé cherries
    • 450g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 700g chopped walnuts
    • 650g sultanas
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
    • 120ml brandy
    • 115g butter
    • 145g dark brown soft sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 375g plain flour

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2. Grease and flour two baking trays.
    2. Cut fruit into small pieces. In a large bowl, dredge fruit and nuts in 125g flour.
    3. Cream together butter, dark brown soft sugar and egg yolks. Stir together remaining flour and spices and add to the creamed mixture. In a small bowl, dissolve bicarb into milk. Gradually add bicarb mixture and brandy to cookie mixture and turn into the big bowl of fruit and nuts. Combine.
    4. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the cookie mixture. Drop spoonful clusters of cookie mixture onto baking trays.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Cookies should be soft.

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    I thought this cookie had a good overall flavor, and it got good reviews by most everyone that tried them - one even asked for the recipe, but in my opinion is not worth all of the preparation effort. It's nearly impossible to fold in the egg whites in the end, and they're so chewy and sticky that they don't stack well for storage. Perhaps the directions need more clarification. I would try a different fruitcake cookie recipe next time ~ one not so labor intensive.  -  17 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I followed this recipe exactly and my cookies turned out wonderfully. They look and taste just like the ones my grandmother used to make. I used a small cookie scoop and ended up with 175 cookies.  -  15 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great Taste but lots of cookies. Ii half the recipe  -  23 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)