Christmas Cookies #3: Spiced Brown-Sugar Fruit Drops

These delicious cookies are dainty enough for a tea party and yet hearty enough for afternoon snacks. They have a rich, delicately spiced brown-sugar flavor and are filled with pecans, dates, and raisins. If the cookies are not over baked, they have a better flavor and remain soft for a longer period of time.

Spiced Brown-Sugar Fruit Drops with milk

Spiced Brown-Sugar Fruit Drops

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Makes about 30 cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp.) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. milk (or orange juice for dairy-free)
  • 1/3 chopped pecans
  • 1/3 chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup seedless raisins
  • glacé cherries halved



Preheat the oven to 350F.


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and apple pie spice, set aside.


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium-low speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the dark brown sugar, orange zest, increase the speed to medium and beat until slightly fluffy, about 1 minute, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the egg, and vanilla extract, then add flour mixture alternately with milk. Stir in nuts and fruit.


Drop from a teaspoon, 1 inch apart, onto lightly greased baking trays. Push half of a glacé cherry in the top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned around the edges. Do not bake too brown. Cool and store in airtight container.

Spiced Brown-Sugar Fruit Drops

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  • Reply
    La Table De Nana
    December 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    You will have such a beautiful collection Yelena..Happy month of December to you!

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    December 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Lovely! They look and sound really tempting. I am a sucker for spicy cookies.



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    Shibi Thomas
    December 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Beautiful cookies!!! I loved the presentation as well.

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    Te de Ternura
    December 5, 2013 at 4:40 am

    QUERIDA YELENA, a juzgar por los ingredientes estos COOKIES deben ser una gozada para el sentido del gusto; pero si hay algo que los hace distintos, es esta cereza culminando su centro, un ingrediente que a mi me encanta además de darles un color muy bonito.
    GRACIAS NIÑA; por tanto SABOR y tanta

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    December 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I can imagine your home filled with baked goods including these cookies! Holiday season must be so pretty at your home and can imagine you go all out with decorations and cooking/baking! 🙂 Would love to have some cookies with my tea and chat with you. xo 🙂

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