Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Month of Cookies-Fruit Cake Cookies-17

Now I know the idea of Fruit Cake does make some people groan.....I am one of those people.  ......but I had these cookies last year at a holiday get together and found them to be surprisingly delicious.  So much so that I was compelled to ask for the recipe.....which is something I don't do very often.  They are not overly fancy to look at, but do have some festive colour in them from the glazed fruit.  Even if you despise fruit might just love these as much as I do.  As an added bonus, they taste better after a few days....making them an excellent choice for gift giving! 
Fruit Cake Cookies
2 cups mixed glazed fruit
1 cup raisins
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Combine first 5 ingredients and toss until fruit is coated in flour and all fruit pieces are separate.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and softened margarine until creamy.  Mix in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla and stir in.  Stir in baking soda, cinnamon, and finally the second amount of flour.  Pour the flour coated fruit into the creamed mixture and stir well to combine.  Drop in 1 1/2 tablespoon sized amounts onto nonstick cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown in spots.  Let sit on cookie sheet for a few minute before removing to a wire rack to completely cool.

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