Fruitcake gets a bad rap, but when done right, it’s the ultimate holiday breakfast, afternoon treat or festive dessert. Loaded with dried fruit, crunchy nuts and aromatic spices, these recipes will turn all the fruitcake cynics into true believers. Plus, many of them can often be made weeks or even months in advance, so you’ve got one less thing to worry about come Christmas Day.

The Best Damn Fruitcake Ever

This guy will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

Better-Than-Fruitcake Bark

We’ll take the whole forest, please.

Classic Fruitcake with Salted Maple Syrup

Don’t skimp on the cherries.

World’s Best Fruitcake

Made with dried apricots, cherries, figs, prunes, raisins, pears, peaches and apples—all soaked .

Gingered Christmas Fruitcake with Rustic Decorations

Looks great, tastes even better.

Gluten-Free Rich Fruit Cake

What dietary restrictions?

Bundt Cake Fruitcake

Need a vegan holiday dessert? Look no further.

Bundt Cake Fruitcake

Need a vegan holiday dessert? Look no further.