Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
From the Kitchen of Jennifer Heichel, Andalusia, AL
Chock-full of dried fruit and pecans, these chewy two-bite nibbles won't be relegated to the re-gift pile.
Makes about 9 dozen
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 pound mixed candied fruit and peel
4 cups chopped toasted pecans
1 cup raisins
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
Preheat oven to 300°. Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture, beating until blended. Stir in candied fruit and peel, pecans, raisins, and cherries. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks (about 20 minutes).