Stir raisins and bourbon together and let stand 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cream butter and gradually beat in brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well.
Add flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves and pecans. Mix well. Add raisin- bourbon mixture and candied fruit.
Drop by teaspoons onto buttered cookie sheet. "Or to make cookies, shape into balls with your hands. This helps hold them together before baking. I find this works better than dropping from a teaspoon."
Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove cookies from cookie sheet and place on paper towel to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired. Makes 10 dozen.