I was raised on these cookies and really miss them. I have made my own with a King Arthur Flour recipe using not only raisins but dried cherries and apricots.
I now live in China and here KHONG GUAN Sultana Biscuits are very similar to Golden Fruit Cookies. I am not sure if they are imported to the US, but it is worthwhile checking with a Chinese import store.
Vermont Country Store has carried them for years. Try their catalog site.
Vermont Country Store carries Garibaldi Biscuits which are similar but Sunshine stopped making the other ones years ago.
My DH's family was very fond of them. Several years ago we found some at an outlet bakery store & bought a bunch - we kept some & gave some to his mom & sisters. Never saw them again. They are/were a good cookie.
i ordered some of those same biscuits from e'bay. they said crawford raisin biscuits. when they came, i was dissapointed, they were not raisin biscuits, they were filled with currants. what a let down.
Sunshine made the Golden Fruit Raisin Biscuits for years. Keebler bought Sunshine who kept some products and sold others to Nabisco. The Golden Fruit were discontinued in the late 1990's. However there are some others reminiscent such as Crawford Garibaldis (British) which can be found at Vermont Country Store and Amazon. If there is an Asian market or grocery in your area try the Khong Guan Sultana Biscuits.
Also, King Arthur Flour has a recipe on its website which isn't too far off of the original taste, minus the sugar topping.
Some Scots and Brits call the Raisin Biscuits "Squashed Fly Biscuits" or "Squished Flies."
FYI - Sultanas, raisins and currants are of the same family/closely related.
I was at Publix today and picked up a British cookie called McVitie's Fruit Shortcake. Of course, I knew it wasn't the same thing but I then came home to look for the Sunshine Golden Fruit. My Grandma always had these and I always associate these with her. (She died in 1990 and was 93).
I read the description of the Garibaldi but they state they're crisp. Also, to me Garibaldi makes me think of a big orange fish I used to feed peas to when I would go diving off the coast of San Diego. ;-)
Sadly, it appears these are gone forever.
The Garibaldi are the closet to the discontinued Sunshine Golden Raisin Biscuits (the original name). I found another brand, made in Saudi Arabia, at the local Asian market but these are thicker, much less filling and very dry. It wasnt a good substitute. I will keep looking!
I found a website call www.vermontcountrystore.com that sell giribaldi brand from england. made with currants and not raisins. haven't tried them yet. I really do miss the originals though, i remember my mom buying those when i was much younger.
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