Pecan Candied Jewels

Bake up a batch of cookie jar cookies chock full of fruit and nuts.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 42

Cookies

1/4
cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
2
tablespoons granulated sugar
2
eggs
1/4
cup apple juice
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/4
teaspoons baking soda
1/2
teaspoon ground cloves
1/8
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8
teaspoon ground cinnamon
2
cups chopped pecans (8 oz)
1 1/2
cups chopped pitted dates (8 oz)
1/2
cup finely chopped candied cherries (4 oz)
1/2
cup finely chopped candied pineapple (4 oz)
2/3
cup finely chopped dried apricots (4 oz)

Glaze

2
tablespoons water
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
2
tablespoons orange juice
1
tablespoon corn syrup

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and the granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium-high speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. On medium-low speed, beat in apple juice, flour, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir in nuts and fruit until incorporated (mixture will be stiff and sticky).
  • 3 On cookie sheet, drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
  • 4 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool 10 minutes.
  • 5 In 1-quart saucepan, heat all glaze ingredients to boiling; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Brush over tops of cookies.

Expert Tips

Susan Rodgers from Round Rock, Texas created this recipe for a Celebrate the Season Holiday Cookie Contest.

"This is my version of a fruitcake cookie my grandmother made when I was a little girl. She would make them every Christmas. They were so good, that I remember sneaking into the cookie jar to get more when no one was looking. I would try to rearrange the cookies to look like none were missing, but I’m sure this did not fool anyone." Susan Rodgers

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
45),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
50mg
50%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
13g
13%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.