A friend of mine gave me this recipe years ago and they have been part of my Christmas cookie plate ever since. However, because they are so good I don’t wait until Christmas to make them and enjoy making them at other times during the year.
I also call these my “3 Cup Dried Fruit Cookies.” Filled with 3 cups of fruit these cookies are great any time of the year. I love dried fruit and with these cookies I can try different combinations. These cookies rate very high on my list of favourites. However, my Billet Son’s much preferred a chocolate chip cookie over these tasty fruit cookies.
A Billet Mom’s “Dried Fruit Cookie” Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups pastry flour
1 cup red cherries
1 cup raisins
1 cup dates, chopped
A Billet Mom’s “Dried Fruit Cookie” Directions
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Beat together brown sugar, egg and shortening
- Mix together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Add to egg mixture. Add vanilla
- Add fruit to mixture and mix.
- Drop by teaspoonful’s unto a greased cookie sheet which has been floured slightly.
- Bake for approximately 8 minutes.
A Billet Mom’s Notes and Tips
- You can vary the kind of fruit you use. Use 3 cups of fruit in whatever combination you choose. Some of the fruits I have used are: currants, mixed fruit peel, dried pineapple, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries, raisins and dates. The more different kinds of fruits in these cookies the better they are.
- Make sure you use Pastry Flour, all-purpose flour doesn’t work.
- I use maraschino cherries but glazed ones can be used as well. At Christmas I use red and green cherries.
“Dried Fruit” Facts
- Is Dried Fruit Good or Bad for Me?
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- 12 Healthiest Dried Fruits
- Pastry Flour Substitute