Christmas Fruit Cookies

Oxmoor House
about 20 dozen

Ingredients

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2 (8-ounce) packages pitted dates, chopped
2 1/2 cups chopped candied red cherries
1/2 cup chopped candied citron (optional)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
4 cups chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons water
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Combine dates, cherries, and citron, if desired, in a large mixing bowl; add 1 cup flour, stirring to coat well. Add walnuts, stirring well; set aside.

Combine soda and water, stirring well; set aside.

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift together remaining flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add to creamed mixture; stir well. Add dissolved soda and vanilla, stirring well. Stir in reserved fruit mixture.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 275° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers.

Created date

February 2010