Holiday Fruit Drops

I love these things…very late 1940s and 50s.  They are festive and old timey. Best of all…they get better the longer they sit before you eat them. So, these are the ones to make early in the month for your Christmas and New Year’s parties.

1 cup shortening
2 cups brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk or water
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
11/2 cups broken pecans
2 cups candied cherries, halved
2 cups cut-up dates

Mix shortening, sugar, and eggs well. Stir in buttermilk. Blend dry ingredients, stir in. Stir in pecans, cherries, and dates. Chill at least 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough about 2″ apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Place a pecan half on each cookie if desired. Bake 8 to 10 min, until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly. Makes about 8 doz cookies.

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