My best friend gave me this recipe over 30 years ago. I made them for my mom and they were her favorite cookies. I made them for her several times a year. This is a very labor intensive recipe but very worth it. They are better than fruit cake!!
In a very large mixing bowl (I use a round, metal dishpan) combine and set aside all fruits, nuts, raisins and coconut.
Cream together; sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter (margarine). Sift in remaining dry ingredients.
Mix with fruit/nut mixture. There is less dough than fruit/nuts so you really have to mix it well.
I use a small ice cream scoop to drop dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. They should come out light golden brown. These are a soft, chewy cookie.
This recipe makes about 150-170 cookies. Since this is such a labor intensive recipe I like to make a double batch and then portion out the dough in logs, wrap and freeze. When it comes time to bake I just take out as many logs as I want, slice about 1/2" think and bake.