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mrs. claus' fruit & nut cookies

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Recipe by
Anne Bruscato Nunez
Kansas City, MO

Fruit cakey, without the boozy aftertaste. Adapted from

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method Bake

Ingredients For mrs. claus' fruit & nut cookies

  • 2 c
    butter flavor shortening
  • 2 1/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3
  • 1 Tbsp
    half and half
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 c
    nuts, chopped
  • 2 c
  • 5 oz
    package dried cherries
  • 1 c
    dried cranberries
  • 8 oz
    package pitted dates, chopped
  • 8 oz
    candied pineapple, chopped
  • 7 oz
    package sweetened, flaked coconut

How To Make mrs. claus' fruit & nut cookies

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2
    Combine coconut, fruit and nuts in LARGE bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup of flour until evenly coated. Set aside.
  • 3
    Whisk 4 cups of flour with baking soda in medium bowl. Set aside.
  • 4
    In mixer, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half & half and vanilla and mix well. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Scrape the cookie batter into the large bowl containing the fruit and nut mixture. Using a large wooden spoon (or clean hands) stir until the fruit and nuts are evenly mixed into the cookie batter.
  • 5
    Drop by ice cream scoop* about 3 inches apart onto baking pan (I fit 6 cookies on each pan). Bake 20 minutes, (rotating pan after 10 minutes) or until set. Leave on the pan for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. *Baking time will depend on the size of your scoop. Watch carefully.

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