I first made this cookie recipe about 5 years ago. I recreated this recipe from the original, because I did not care for some of the ingredients, I took them to a Sunday School Christmas Party & they were a big hit. I also made some for my husbands CHRISTmaS PARTY & they really loved them, said it was like biting into little mini Fruit cakes, without all the extra fruits. So it has become a family & neighbor favorite ever since. I am sharing it with you, & hope you like them as much as we do. They are fruity & nutty with a hint of orange, I think they may become one of your favorites too.
1PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F. Grease or spray a cookie sheet with non stick cooking spray and set aside till needed.
2In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter with the brown sugar till well mixed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then add orange juice and orange marmalade & beat again to blend.
3In a small bowl add 1 1/2 cups flour, then add ,cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice,baking powder, mix together with spoon & stir about 1/3 of flour mixture into creamed mixture, and alternating with the orange liqueur, & orange extract, until all has been incorporated into batter.
4Next combine cherries with remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour, and toss to coat evenly in flour, then add to cookie dough. I switch to a wooden spoon at this point. Blend cherries and then add the chopped nuts, stir well until they are thourgly blended.
5Drop by tablespoon full onto prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven but allow cookies to remain on cookie sheet for an additional 5 minutes, then remove to a wire baking rack to cool completely.
You are now ready to enjoy.