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Chewy Fruit Cookies

 Chewy Fruit Cookies
This recipe, given to me by a friend years ago, was one I used to save just for Christmas. But friends and family began to request them regularly, and now I buy extra candied cherries when they go on sale in December so I can make the treats all year long.
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup halved candied cherries
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 36 pecan halves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in egg and buttermilk. Combine the flour, salt and
  • baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in
  • the cherries, dates and chopped pecans.
  • Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased
  • baking sheets. Top each with a pecan half. Bake at 350° for
  • 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 3
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 114 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.