My cousin and I finished up the family tradition yesterday. We get together and make 4 batches of cake and one batch of cookies. We use fruit and nuts that are more finely diced for the cookies. We use loaf pans since we divide it up between all of our cousins that want some and a very few good family friends.
The fruit soaks in Bourbon and Brandy for at least a week prior to the making. I pity the poor folks who have never had a good homemade fruitcake.