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Juicy tutti frutti sandies. Packed with fruit, sweetened with coconut rum.

Fruit basket bribe

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed tutti frutti with a pecan sandie?  No?  Well now you don’t have to.  We mix a whole basketful of fruit into these tiny delights. The dried fruit is first plumped and sweetened using a bit of sugar and coconut rum. The added hints of rum, banana, and clove give it a bit of… dare we say… Juicy Fruit gum flavor (?).

We admit that there’s a heckuva lot of flavor going on here, but we promise it all works together as something new and wonderful.

These cookies make a good gift for teachers… a little bribe never hurts.

Fruit Basket Cookies

Fruit Basket Cookies

Adventure Bakers
Juicy tutti frutti sandies. Packed with fruit, sweetened with coconut rum.
5 from 1 vote
Chill time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 36 cookies


Candied Fruit (must be prepared ahead of time and allowed to cool)

  • 2 cups dried fruits (e.g., any blend of dried fruits, such as cranberries, cherries, blueberries, or strawberries)
  • ½ cup rum (e.g., Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay coconut rum)
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (room temperature, ½ stick)
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon banana extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups candied fruit (see below)
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • ½ cup coconut flakes


Candied Fruit

  • Add the rum and sugar to a two quart sauce pan and cook on low until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.
  • Add the fruit and turn up heat to medium.  Stir occasionally till the liquid starts to simmer, then turn heat down to low.
    dried fruits
  • Continue to stir occasionally. The fruit will absorb the liquid and plump. When fully plumped or all the liquid is gone (after about 10-20 minutes), remove the pan from heat and drain any excess liquid.
  • Allow the fruit to cool completely (important).


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter till it’s pale and fluffy.
  • Add the white sugar and beat 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  • Add the egg and all the extracts and beat another 1-2 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cloves.
  • (If using an electric stand mixer, switch to paddle attachment). Gradually add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the fruit, pecans, and coconut flakes and stir till well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes. It will still be sticky.
  • Using a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop, ball and drop dough 2 inches apart onto a cookie tray lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Flatten the balls slightly.
    balled fruit baskets
  • Bake 16-20 for until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire baking rack and allow them to cool completely.
    baked fruit baskets
fruit basket platter
Earn an A+++ with these Fruit Basket cookies!

Tips & Tricks:

  • Banana extract is incredibly strong!  1/4 teaspoon is plenty, else it’s banana-rama.
  • We generally dislike cloves — you won’t find cloves in many of our other recipes — but they are good here, we swear. Don’t be afraid… it’s just 1/8 teaspoon.

Alternatives & Substitutions

  • Leave out the 2 cups of candied fruits for a deliciously unique flavored pecan sandie cookie.

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