Fruity Cookies
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Fruity Cookies

I know, “Fruity Cookies” sounds a bit funny. I am really not sure where the name came from, possibly my Mama, but I just love saying it. These have been a tradition in my family at Christmas time since, well since I can remember.

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Fruit Cake is one of my very least favorite Christmas treats, although my husband absolutely loves it. These little cookies resemble them ever so slightly, however, I don’t believe I have met someone yet that has not loved these.

They are also terrific to enjoy while dipping into a hot cup of coffee.

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I really hope that you will make a batch and try them. I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Fruity Cookies


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup candied cherries cut into halves (NOT maraschino cherries)
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • More pecan halves to place on top of each cookie


  1. Mix brown sugar, shortening, buttermilk and egg
  2. 2 Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Mix in cherries, dates and chopped pecans
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  5. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Please a pecan half on each mounded cookie
  8. Bake until almost no indentation remains when touched and turning light brown, approx 9-10 minutes
  9. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and let cool.
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