Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Fruit Cookies

Was Santa good to you this Christmas? If not, don’t despair – there’s still time to make amends. Here’s a truly delicious Christmas cookie that is sure to chase away any thoughts of Santa’s callousness from your mind. Practice making these now, so that next Christmas, you can leave out a plate of these for St.Nick, and I guarantee that he will not be able to resist making a stop in your kitchen and, naturally, rewarding you for your efforts.

Merry Christmas to you all!

You will need:

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup chopped pistachios or pecans
  • ¾ cup mixed dried fruit blend (the kind you use to make fruit cake)

To make cookies:

Beat together the sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla

Add the flour, nuts, and fruit, and stir until combined

Divide the dough in half, and shape each half into a log

Wrap the logs in plastic, then aluminum foil. Freeze for 1 hour or until you need to make the cookies (but preferably not till next Christmas)

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets

Unwrap cookie logs, and cut into ¼ inch thick slices

Transfer cookies to the prepared cookie sheet, and bake for 25 minutes. They should start to firm up but not brown much, at all

Cool cookies and enjoy. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for at least 2 weeks


  1. These Christmas cookies look so yummy. I know Christmas has past now, but it's never too late for cookies. I love pistachios too. I can't wait to bake these. How much does this recipe make?

  2. @ilovecookies: With my understanding of what 1/4 inch looks like, this recipe yielded 28 cookies. The yield will also depend on how fat or thin you make your log. Enjoy!