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[Cookie Elf File] 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 4: Fruitcake Shortbread
December 08, 2015
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Feature: Day 4 - Fruitcake Shortbread: Easy Fruited Christmas Shortcake Cookie Recipe

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Fruitcake Shortbread marries two traditional flavors –  colorful combination fruitcake mix and the warm richness associated with shortbread.

This is an easy bar cookie recipe to use if your friends and relatives wrinkle their nose at traditional fruitcake or if you have leftover fruitcake mix. It’s hard to beat shortbread’s flavor, no matter what you add to it! Plus, these babies are colorful and fun!

Contrary to the popular belief that fruitcake had its origins in Dickensian England, the earliest fruitcakes were made in ancient Rome. Traditional Christmas fruitcake grew more popular in Europe with sugar imports from the American colonies. Cooks discovered that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits, creating an excess of candied fruit which they used in cake, hence “fruit cake.”

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 35-40 minutes
Makes about 3-5 dozen slices

Get the full Fruitcake Shortbread recipe … and check out our Shortbread Pinterest board for more easy shortbread recipes.

Cookie Baking Tip: Why Soak Dried Fruit When Adding to Cookie Dough?

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To Help You Make the Cookies In This Issue

In case you don’t have these in your kitchen already, here are some baking tools you need to make the recipes in this issue!

Paradise Fruit Cake Mix, 16 Ounce Wilton Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue

More Easy Shortbread Recipes for Christmas

Brown Sugar Shortbread: Even Richer Than the Classic Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe: Just 7 Ingredients Maple Toffee Shortbread: in the Oven in 10 Minutes Whipped Shortbread Cookie recipe: Pretty on Holiday Cookie Tray

That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

The Cookie Elf

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