BITE-SIZED FRUITCAKES

Yield

35 fruitcake bites

Time

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.

INGREDIENTS

‣ 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

1

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.

MIX DRY INGREDIENTS

2

Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar until nice and fluffy.

CREAM BUTTER AND SUGARS

3

Drop the mixer speed to low and slowly mix in the eggs, egg yolks, orange juice, milk, orange zest, and vanilla extract.

ADD EGGS AND MORE

4

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.

FINISH THE BATTER

5

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.

FOLD IN THE FLAVOR

6

Pour the batter into a 9×13 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!

POUR INTO A DISH

7

When ready to decorate, remove the fruitcake from the baking dish and cut it into 1-inch squares.

CUT INTO SQUARES

8

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.

COAT WITH CHOCOLATE