It's safe to say that no holiday dessert gets more flak than the multidimensional and misunderstood fruitcake. Whether it's the excessive sugar or alcohol content or its negative association with names spouted by playground bullies (okay, maybe that only applies to me), the dried fruit and nut loaf is typically reserved for those on Santa's Naughty List.We're here to squash fruitcake's horrible reputation with some delicious recipes worthy of gift-giving. Click through for some of our favorites.
Green and red candied cherries may look festive, but they have no place in this sugar plum variety that boasts bourbon-plumped figs, dates, plum jam and cream cheese frosting. Visions of this fruitcake are certainly dancing through our head. Sprinkle Bakes
When in doubt, add more booze. While a traditional fruitcake has always been quite alcoholic, this bourbon pecan recipe requires an amateur chef with a very heavy hand. Just don’t light this bad boy on fire. That's a job for the yule log. Muy Bueno Cookbook
Note to self: toasted hazelnuts can upgrade any recipe that calls for nuts. This fruitcake may look traditional, but it's proof that one substitution can take a dish from basic to brilliant. Rock Recipes