June 23, 2009

Fruit & Nut Cookies

This is a recipe that has been on my to-make list for a very long time. I watched Ina Garten make them on her Barefoot Contessa show and when Priya (@ Akshayapaatram) made them egg-less and vegan on her blog, I had to absolutely had to make them. I even bought all the ingredients, but couldn’t find the much needed time to make them.
As the old saying goes, it’s better late than never, so this past weekend, I finally MADE these yummy cookies. I followed the original recipe to the T, I’m giving the same recipe here.


Adapted from Ina Garten’s Recipe.
Ingredients:
Dried fruit – 2 – 2 ½ cups (I used a combination of raisins, dried cherries/pineapple/papaya/prunes/apricots/figs & cashews)
Honey – 1tbsp
Dry Sherry – 2tbsp
Lemon juice – 2tbsp, freshly squeezed
Salt – pinch
All-purpose flour – 2 2/3 cups
Sugar – ½ cup
Light brown sugar – 1/3 cup
Butter – 2 sticks, unsalted and @ room temperature (I leave it out the night before)
Egg – 1 extra large
Ground cloves – ½ tsp

Method:
  • Add honey, sherry, salt & lemon juice to dried fruit and nuts; cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.
  • Cream butter along with both sugars, ground cloves with hand mixer on medium speed, for about 3 minutes.
  • Add egg and mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly add the flour and ¼ tsp salt and mix until just combined; do not overmix.
  • Add the fruits and nuts, along with any liquid in the bowl.
  • Divide the dough in half and place each half on a parchment paper. This dough is very easy to work with and the recipe makes about 5-dozen cookies, so if you want to divide it into more than 2 logs for future use, go ahead and make 4 smaller logs. Roll each log in the parchment and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place all the logs that are not being used right away in a Ziploc bag and stow in the freezer (right now I’ve 3 logs waiting to be used).
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the log into ½” thick slices. Place them on a ungreased cookie pa ½” apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. My cookies were ready in 16-17 minutes, but the bottoms were slightly browned, so keep checking after 15 minutes.
These are sooooo good, buttery with the sweet and tangy bite from the dried fruit. I think I like them better than Karachi bakery fruit cookies. Thanks Priya for making me try these, they are worth every minute of the wait.


These cookies go to Mansi @ Fun & Food Blog for her Sugar High Fridays-Fruit & Nut event.
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18 comments:

  1. Oh wow that's an awesome cookie recipe......love the addition of lemon juice and dried fruits....yum...

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  2. They look so so delcious. Wish i had few of them with my tea.

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  3. Gorgeous cookies with all those dry fruits looks absolutely fabulous!

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  4. Cookies have come out yummy! the last click you can send it to Click:Stacks too its perfect!

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  5. Oh wow, i would love to give it a bite. They look very hard to resist. Great cookies!

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  6. yayyyy! you made them and they look puuuhfect! I wish I could grab a few from here. and secretly, I liked them a lil more than the karachi biscuits too :D Pineapple and papaya make it sound so tropical and exotic,a burst of flavors in your mouth. Your son must be having a blast munching on them :)

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  7. wow! these look perfect, just like the ones I asked my mom to get for us from india:) maybe I should've given you the order instead:)

    thanks for sharing it with SHF Pavani!

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  8. Aww looks so delicious! Loved the combo of dried fruits!

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  9. they look both crisp and moist at the same time!!

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  10. Cookies are just amazing! I am tempted to go and make them right now. :)

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  11. i enjoy the combination of fruit and nut in any dessert and these cookies look perfect.

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  12. yummy cookies and a nice picture.

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  13. Gorgeous cookies. Must taste great with tea!

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  14. Made these last night for a friend's birthday, with some alterations - figs, cranberries and candied ginger with walnuts, almonds and coconut - that's what I had in the pantry! Added muscat instead of sherry. Called em boozy fruitcake cookies, which was appropriate for the birthday girl. Everyone LOVED them, so thank you thank you!

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  15. Did you know that this site also has pictures of your cookies?
    http://trialx.org/2012/11/28/a-simple-recipe-for-cooking-fruit-cookies/

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  16. Did you know this site also has pictures of your cookies?
    http://trialx.org/2012/11/28/a-simple-recipe-for-cooking-fruit-cookies/

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