Fruit and Nut Cookies

IMG_2778Although the title may be a little uninspiring, this is the basis for some of my favourite all-butter-shortbread-like cookies which are simplicity themselves to make requiring minutes worth of effort but are just so bad for you and will have friends coming back for more…

Over Christmas I baked a really nice batch of Cheese Sable which had the most amazing texture and although very rich, were loved by everyone.  I wanted to use this recipe as a basis for sweet biscuits and after a little experimenting have come up with the recipe below.

I’ve used a mixture of Dried Cranberries, Dried Mango & Dried Pineapple for the for the fruit and Pecans & Pistachios for the nuts, The combination of colours and tropical fruit flavour combinations is just great, but you could really use anything – just replace with fruit and nuts* with 180g of whatever you like .  In fact it doesn’t necessarily need fruit or nuts at all – I’ve just made another batch with Cranberry, Pistachio and White Chocolate and they are equally as amazing.  A recipe with plenty of potential for your own inspiration!

Makes about 20 biscuits


  • 200g Butter, softened
  • 95g Sugar
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 90g Dried Fruit* (e.g, Cranberries, Dried Pineapple, Dried Mango) – no more than 1cm pieces
  • 90g Chopped Nuts* (e.g., Pistachio, Pecans)


  • Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl with a fork or wooden spoon
  • Mix in the flour until well combined (I find a fork works best for this)
  • Stir in the fruit and nuts (make sure the pieces are not too big)
  • Bring the dough together into a ball and place on a sheet of cling film
  • Shape into a log and wrap tightly in the cling film. Roll on the kitchen surface to get a well compressed log & refrigerate for at least 1 hr, or overnight
  • Unwrap and cut into slices maybe 8mm thick
  • Place on baking trays with a little space between and bake at 160oC Fan for about 15 minutes until golden – check after 10 minutes & turn the sheets if necessary
  • Allow to cool & store in an airtight container

4 Comments Add yours

  1. So beautiful..Oh my gosh I have to try them!!!!

    1. Oh do – they’re wonderful. I just can’t stop cooking these!

      1. I will let you know when I make them! 🙂

      2. Hi! I made the cookies today. You are right…Wonderful! I posted the recipe and linked it with your blog! Xxx

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