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Glazed Italian Fruitcake Cookies

I grew up in Italy eating these every Christmas. I have such fond memories that I make them every year and give them to friends.—Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed dried fruit
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat butter, cream and vanilla until blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and dried fruit (mixture will be crumbly). Press mixture together to form a ball.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each into an 8-in.-long roll. Place wrapped rolls in airtight containers. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Gradually stir in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach drizzling consistency. Remove from heat; drizzle over cooled cookies.
    Freeze option: Place wrapped logs in a freezer container; freeze. To use, unwrap frozen logs and cut into slices. If necessary, let dough stand 15 minutes at room temperature before cutting. Bake as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 106 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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