Fruit Cocktail Cookies

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Fruit Cocktail Cookies, soft, fruity and delicious.
Fruit Cocktail Cookies

I have had this recipe for well over 30 years (yikes!). This was one of the recipes handed down to me from my children's Grandma Anita. I have silently thanked her many times, as I sit enjoying these tender cookies. Fruit Cocktail Cookies are a sweet and simple cookie to offer up for snacks and desserts. They bake up a bit crisp and soften to a tender cake textured cookie the following day.

I posted this recipe once before when I did not have a camera. In going back over the earlier posts, this one deserved to "served up" again, with photos! I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we have through the years.

Fruit Cocktail Cookies
makes 5-6 dozen - Not at my house, I get 3 dozen 2" cookies!
 375-degree oven

1 16oz can fruit cocktail, well-drained

In a large mixing bowl:
1 c butter, softened to room temperature
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
3 eggs
1 t vanilla
Cream butter, add both sugars, beat until light and creamy, add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together to combine well:
4 c flour (spoon lightly into measure cup, sweep off the top)
1 t soda
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 ground cloves or try my favorite ground mace
1/2 t salt

Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, blend in until smooth.

Fold in the fruit cocktail.

Fruit Cocktail Cookies, small fruity cake-like cookies. Perfect with coffee or tea.
Fruit Cocktail Cookies

Drop onto prepared cookie sheets (approximately 1" balls), bake 12 - 15 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes, transfer to cooling racks.

These are tender and moist cookies, therefore they do not layer one atop the other very well. You may want to layer with waxed paper between the layers.


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Cranberry Bliss Bars

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  1. I love this idea! My kids love fruit cocktail and this is a delicious way to get a little more fiber in them.

  2. These sound delicious! I always think the old recipes are the best ones. (And we love fruit cocktail too!)

  3. Do fruit cocktail cookies need to be kept refrigerated?

    1. I have never felt that they needed refrigeration, but then they never lasted very long at my house either! If you have concerns, it would be fine to refrigerate them, let them come to room temperature, before serving. Thanks for visiting.

  4. My mother (now 91 yrs old) used to make these in the 50's and we loved them. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have been looking for it for years. Mom lost her's.

    1. So glad you visited, these are a fun treat to make and share! I enjoyed learning of their long history in your family home. Thanks for stopping by!


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