Ina Garten's Fruitcake Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

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It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs.

Forget about everything you know – and perhaps dislike – about traditional holiday fruitcakes because this recipe is nothing like those dense, dry loaves. Ina’s cookies, merely inspired by fruitcake, are light and moist, made with four different kinds of dried fruit, chopped pecans, golden honey and a pinch of ground cloves for subtle spice. Perhaps the best part about these cookies is that they can be shaped into logs and kept in the refrigerator for a last-minute party dessert or sweet-tooth-satisfying treat – just slice as many cookies as you need and save the remaining dough for later.

Get Ina's Fruitcake Cookies recipe and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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