Christmas Fruit Cookies Recipe

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Christmas Fruit Cookies

Laurie Colvin

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@LaurelC

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!!


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Ingredients

2 lb
dates, chopped
1/2 lb
candied cherries, quartered (i like to use both the green and the red ones)
1/2 lb
candied pineapple (chopped small)
12/ lb
chopped nuts, i prefer walnuts
1/2 lb
almonds, chopped (i omit these because of cost)
1 c
raisins (optional)
1 c
shredded coconut (optional)
2 & 1/2 c
flour
1 & 1/2 c
granulated sugar
1 tsp
soda
1/2 tsp
salt
1 tsp
cinnamon
2 large
eggs
1 c
butter or margarine
1 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a very large mixing bowl (I use a round, metal dishpan) combine and set aside all fruits, nuts, raisins and coconut.
2
Cream together; sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter (margarine). Sift in remaining dry ingredients.
3
Mix with fruit/nut mixture. There is less dough than fruit/nuts so you really have to mix it well.
4
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.
5
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.

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