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Chewy Fruit Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch


3 dozen

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.
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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1-3/4 cups 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 114 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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