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Chewy Light Fruitcake Cookies

Chewy Light Fruitcake Cookies. An unspiced version of our very popular dark fruitcake cookie; all the seasonal flavour of fruitcake in a chewy, crispy cookie. 

Light Fruitcake Cookies

Light Fruitcake Cookies

Even if you are not partial to fruitcake you should try these amazing spicy and chewy cookies; they are delicious! Cut back on some of the dried fruit if you like but even you fruitcake nay-sayers might just be surprised by this one.

Light Fruitcake Cookies

Light Fruitcake Cookies

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Light Fruitcake Cookies
Chewy Light Fruitcake Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
Chewy Light Fruitcake Cookies - an unspiced version of our very popular dark fruitcake cookie; all the seasonal flavour of fruitcake in a chewy, crispy cookie.
Course: Cookie
Servings: 2 dozen cookies
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mixed dried fruit use whatever you like in whatever combination you like, I've used glace cherries, mixed glace citrus peel, pineapple etc
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray one cookie sheet with spray oil or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the sweetened butter. Mix only enough to incorporate flour. Do not over mix. Fold in the dried fruit. Chilling the dough for an hour or so will yield best results.
  5. Form cookies by dropping a heaping teaspoon of dough on the prepared cookie sheet two inches apart.
  6. Bake until light brown around the edges, about 12-13 minutes, depending on cookie size.
  7. Over baking is the biggest problem with most chewy cookies. Your oven temperature and the type of cookie sheet you use will vary the baking times considerably. When they are golden brown around the edges is the time to remove them from the oven.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
Recipe Notes

The timing for chewy cookies can vary between ovens. Chilling the dough does yield best results. With any new cookie recipe I like to bake 2 or 3 cookies first as a test batch to make sure I get the baking time correct in my oven. Make sure you let the cookies completely cool down to see if they are still soft and chewy.

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Karen Byers

Friday 3rd of December 2021

I'm definitely going to try these for the church bake sale. They look so festive.


Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

I made these today, and we love them! Will definitely make them again.


Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

I am new to Barry’s recipes. They are great


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Have you ever added any cinnamon or nutmeg to this recipe? Doesn't actual fruitcake have spices in it?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Dark fruitcake does but generally not lighter coloured fruitcake. There is a similar recipe here for dark fruitcake cookies though.

Dianna Samples

Monday 16th of January 2017

These were so good! Best recipe I've tried for fruitcake cookies. So chewy!

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