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Fruitcake Cookies

Fruitcake CookiesThis cookie version of the Christmastime staple, Fruit Cake, will definitely not be relegated to the re-gift pile. Loaded with dried fruits, nuts, spices and all the other ingredients you loved in the cake version, just in bite-sized portions. These chewy treats will be hard to let go so make sure to bake a load if you're planning to give them out as gifts. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Fruitcake Cookies.

1 3/4 c. cake flour, spooned and leveled, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 c. chopped toasted pecans
1/2 c. chopped pistachios
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract, divided
1 c. finely chopped Maraschino cherries, well drained
1/4 c. finely chopped candied pineapple
Glaze (optional)
1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. brandy
1 to 2 tsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a whisk, mix together 1 ¼ cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, toss pecans and pistachios with remaining ½ cup flour. Set aside.

Cream butter and brown sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add egg, beating until incorporated. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, beating just until incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in nuts and flour mixture, cherries, and pineapple until evenly incorporated.

Scoop about ½ tablespoon of dough and drop 2 inches apart, on prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown around edges, 14 to 16 minutes. Cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to the racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze, whisk together confectioners' sugar, brandy, remaining ½ teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon milk (add an additional teaspoon of milk if glaze is too thick). Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let sit, at room temperature, until glaze is set, about 30 minutes.

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