Recipe by Impera_Magna
Altho this recipe requires a lot of "cutting/chopping"... it's worth every second. I made this for a cookie exchange one time and afterwards, when the hostess' husband arrived home... he took one look at my cookies and said "My grandmother made those fruitcake cookies!" ... to which I responded... "So did mine." He loved them and requested the recipe, which I gladly shared.
Top Review by Lynn302
My grandma used to make these cookies for Christmas every year and we loved them so I was very excited to find this recipe!!! I used a 1/2 c. mixed peel (I had some left over and didn't want to waste it) in mine and 1/2 c. glazed cherries along with the nuts and dates and they turned out exactly like I remember! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful old fashioned recipe!
- 1⁄2 cup Crisco
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup chopped pecans or 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup chopped dates (the whole ones you have to cut up are better than the pre-diced one)
- 1⁄2 cup candied red cherries, cut in quarters
- 1⁄2 cup green glazed cherries, cut in quarters
Directions See How It's Made
- Cream together crisco and sugar.
- Stir in egg; add milk and blend well.
- Sift dry ingredients together, stir in to batter.
- Add nuts, dates, and cherries, stirring to distribute evenly.
- Chill dough 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet; top w/ half cherry or walnut/pecan half.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly brown.
- Cool on wire rack.