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Quick Cherry Date Cookies

 Quick Cherry Date Cookies
My mother made these festive drop cookies as far back as I can remember-80 years at least. We called them "the Christmas cookies", maybe because they're so full of fruit and nuts.
63 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup quartered maraschino cherries


  • In a bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time,
  • beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda,
  • cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with water.
  • Stir in walnuts, dates and cherries.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 10-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: To make 5 dozen larger cookies, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 88 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.