It doesn’t seem like the holidays unless there is at least one good fruitcake in the house (and I am referring to the baked good). I have never baked a fruitcake, it’s Sister’s specialty, but I have grown to enjoy a thin slice of the rich treat every once in a while, with a cup of hot tea. And not necessarily at Christmas, in fact, they tend to be at their peak of flavor several months later… So while practicing my couch potato stance watching Ina Garten on the food channel a few weeks ago, I was intrigued by her extremely simple sounding fruitcake cookies…
…they seemed like precisely the right thing to cook to mop up all the extras in the fridge, post holiday cooking craze. Lots of dried figs, some dried cranberries or cherries, apricots, nuts, dates, etc. were chopped up and we made these cookies in a few minutes flat (though there is some elapsed gaps involved). The simple recipe is here. Note that the written recipe differs from her television version. We froze a couple of logs for future use, chilled a few logs for baking a few hours later. We didn’t have any sherry in the house when I made this recipe, so I used some Gran Marnier or orange liqueur instead. The cookies turned out nicely. The dough wasn’t overly sweet, the figs and fruit provided a nice chewy texture packed with flavor, and the nuts provided the crunch. One cookie was a nice small treat, but who could stop at one?
I packed up several dozen of these cookies and brought them to our Cebu offices. I thought most folks wouldn’t find them appealing… I have yet to find many people who really like fruitcakes packed with dried and candied fruit, but these cookies disappeared quickly. But then again, most food disappears quickly in our office… If you like dried fruits and nuts, and or fruitcake, but don’t have the time to make it, try these simple cookies instead.
Note: If you are wondering why I have been relatively quiet lately, it’s because we are just recovering from the most outrageous Sinulog ever. Didn’t take a single photo, but believe me, it was a really wild party all over downtown Cebu. We were prepared for waves of customers, perhaps 4-5 times our normal business, but this veritable TSUNAMI of people showed up at our restaurants, and we served 10-12x the normal turnover on Saturday and Sunday. So give me another day or two to recover, and will be back to regular programming soon. :)