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“Dried Fruit Cookies” from a Billet Mom’s Kitchen

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 egg

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

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Beat together brown sugar, egg and shortening
  3. Mix together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.  Add to egg mixture.  Add vanilla
  4. Add fruit to mixture and mix.
  5. Drop by teaspoonful’s unto a greased cookie sheet which has been floured slightly.
  6. 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



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