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Dried fruits, chopped nuts, dark chocolate, and a hint of brandy shine in light & crunchy shortbread-style cookies - give fruitcake a chance this year!

Not-Your-Grandma's Fruitcake Cookies

Mountain Cravings
Dried fruits, chopped nuts, dark chocolate, and a hint of brandy shine in light & crunchy shortbread-style cookies - give fruitcake a chance this year!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen
Calories 117 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz. dried figs stems removed & diced
  • 2 oz. dried cranberries diced
  • 2 oz. dried apricots diced
  • 2 oz. maraschino cherries diced
  • 4 oz. pecans chopped
  • 1 oz. brandy or bourbon
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3.2 oz. Chocolove Holiday Dark Chocolate or other dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 oz. dark chocolate chopped

Instructions
 

  • Combine figs, cranberries, cherries, and apricots in a medium bowl. Add brandy, honey, and lemon juice and toss to coat. Let soak while preparing the dough.
  • Cream butter, brown sugar, and cloves in a stand mixer until smooth. Add the egg and mix until incorporated.
  • Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour and salt, mixing just until combined.
  • Fold in 3.2 oz. chocolate, fruit, nuts, and any remaining soaking liquid.
  • Place half the dough on a large sheet of parchment paper. Roll into a log approximately 1 1/2-inches thick and 18 inches long. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Slice logs into 1/2-inch-thick cookies. Arrange on baking sheets and bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes, until light golden.
  • Melt remaining 1 oz. dark chocolate while the cookies are baking. Let cookies and chocolate cool for 5 minutes, then pour into a plastic bag and snip off a tiny corner.
  • Drizzle chocolate over the cookies on the baking sheet. Let chocolate cool and harden before serving.