35 fruitcake bites
3 hours 30 minutes
Enjoy a holiday classic in a new way with these chocolate-coated fruitcakes. Filled with fruits and nuts, these bite-sized fruitcakes are fun to make and gift.
‣ 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour ‣ 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ‣ 1 teaspoon ground ginger ‣ 3/4 teaspoon baking powder ‣ 1/2 teaspoon salt ‣ 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg ‣ 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves ‣ 10 tablespoon salted butter, softened ‣ 1/2 cup granulated sugar ‣ 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed ‣ 4 egg ‣ 2 egg yolk ‣ 1/3 cup orange juice ‣ 3 tablespoon milk ‣ 2 tablespoon orange zest ‣ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ‣ 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped ‣ 1 cup raisins ‣ 1 cup candied green cherries, chopped ‣ 1 cup candied red cherries, chopped ‣ 1 cup pecans, chopped ‣ 4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Get started by whisking together all of the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. You can set this bowl aside for now.
Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar until nice and fluffy.
Drop the mixer speed to low and slowly mix in the eggs, egg yolks, orange juice, milk, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
Working in batches, mix in the dry ingredients. Be careful with this part; you only want to mix until the dry ingredients just start to look incorporated.
Turn off the mixer and grab a spatula. Add the dates, raisins, green cherries, red cherries, and pecans to the bowl, then gently mix and fold them into the batter.
Pour the batter into a 9x13 baking dish lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray. If needed, use the spatula to smooth out the top. Once done, send it off to bake!
When ready to decorate, remove the fruitcake from the baking dish and cut it into 1-inch squares.
Melt the chocolate per package instructions, then toss a fruitcake square in the melted chocolate, flipping it a few times to coat. Place the coated fruitcake bite on a piece of parchment to dry.