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Fruit 'n' Nut Cookies Recipe

Fruit 'n' Nut Cookies Recipe

Once after making a fruit cake, I had some fruit and nuts left over. I mixed them into a basic cookie dough along with pineapple and coconut. These soft, colorful cookies are a nice addition to a Christmas dessert tray.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:42 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped red maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped green maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients. Shape into three 10-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • 2. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 7 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 165 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.