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Alsatian Plum Cookies

Yield 10 dozen


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) package pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

How to Make It

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

  2. Grind together dates, pecans, and raisins. Stir fruit mixture, spices, and salt into creamed mixture. Dissolve soda in half-and- half; stir into fruit mixture. Stir in flour to make a stiff dough.

  3. Divide dough into thirds; shape each portion into a roll, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap rolls in waxed paper, and chill overnight or until firm.

  4. Cut into 1/4-inch slices; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool completely on wire racks.

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