Mrs. Claus' Fruit & Nut Cookies

Anne Nunez


Fruit cakey, without the boozy aftertaste. Adapted from

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2 c
butter flavor shortening
2 1/4 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
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


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Combine coconut, fruit and nuts in LARGE bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup of flour until evenly coated. Set aside.
  • 3Whisk 4 cups of flour with baking soda in medium bowl. Set aside.
  • 4In 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.
  • 5Drop 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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About Mrs. Claus' Fruit & Nut Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Fruit, #nuts