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Mini Fruitcakes

Fruitcake always looked so festive to me but I did not like the hard citron fruit so I came up with my own recipe using dried fruits and nuts. I place these in Christmas themed petit fours paper cups and give them to neighbors and friends along with the many other cookies and candies I bake. These keep well in the freezer in an airtight container. Just thaw to room temperature and they taste fresh baked and moist. —Lisa McDermith, Highland, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2.5 dozen


  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green candied cherries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red candied cherries
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped candied pineapple
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • Preheat over to 350°. In a small saucepan, heat sherry, sugar and margarine until sugar is dissolved. Cool. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat egg and vanilla; stir into cooled sherry mixture until thoroughly combined. Add sherry mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  • In a large bowl, toss fruits and nuts to combine. Stir in batter. Fill 30 greased mini muffin cups with 1 tablespoon of mixture. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool in pan 3-4 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 mini fruitcake: 93 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • JulieGr
    Dec 22, 2019

    Of the three tasters in my house, 2 gave them 4-stars, I gave them 3-stars. They taste good, but the batter is very moist, so I think they will need to be stored in the fridge. As my picky eater, non-taster pointed out, they are not cookies, they are fruitcakes. The ratio of fruit to batter seemed a little off but they held together and are not crumbly. I would make them again.

  • Sonya
    Dec 23, 2018

    Is it okay to use cooking sherry(Not vinegar)? Not sure because of salt content.

  • sanscott
    Dec 13, 2018

    Since I don't like pineapple, how can I substitute something else in the recipe?