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Reindeer Bites

Fruitcake finds its way into a cookie for a new tasty treat. You'll be reaching for this recipe year after year! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied cherries
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup refrigerated Holiday Cookie Dough
  • ICING:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 12 red candied cherries, halved

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, apricots, cranberries and raisins. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Cool to room temperature; stir in the pecans, cherries and nutmeg.
  • Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. In a large bowl, combine dough and fruit mixture.
  • Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cookies. Top each with a candied cherry piece.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 104 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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