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Gluten-Free Fruitcake Cookies

I’m not a fan of fruitcake in general, but these Gluten-Free Fruitcake Cookies are fabulous. Soaking dried fruit in booze makes ALL the difference!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soaking time2 d
Total Time2 d 35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, British, Gluten-free
Servings: 24 Large cookies
Calories: 186kcal
Author: admin



  • 1 lb About 3 cups mixed dried fruit*
  • 1 cup Southern Comfort **
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup Sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup White rice flour
  • ¼ cup Coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ lb. pecans chopped


  • A day or two before baking the cookies, chop dried fruits into pieces, mix in Southern Comfort, and cover.
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or coat well with baking spray.
  • Strain dried fruit mixture, leaving it in your sieve to drain while you prepare the rest of the cookie batter.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and zests, continue beating until eggs are fully incorporated and mixture is once again smooth and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add most of it (reserve about ¼ cup) to the butter & sugar mixture, beat gently until well combined.
  • Add strained fruit to the reserved flour mixture, toss well to coat the pieces (to separate them a bit). Add coated fruit and pecans to the cookie batter, mix well.
  • Use a tablespoon, cookie scoop, or small ice cream scoop to drop rounded spoonfuls of the batter onto prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool on sheets for 5 minutes or so, before gently transferring to baking racks to finish cooling.
  • Once cookies are cool, keep them stored in airtight containers. Much like actual fruitcake, these tend to get even better with age!


* If you’re not a fan of Southern Comfort, use Jack Daniels, Rum, or Brandy. Also, add a pinch each of cloves and nutmeg – it’ll work fabulously with these other spirits.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg