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Christmas with Southern Living 1983, page 89
Course Dessert, Party Food
Cuisine American
Keyword decorated cookies, dried fruit
Servings 7 dozen


  • cookie sheets
  • parchment


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 8-ounce packages chopped pitted dates
  • 3 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 8-ounce package candied yellow pineapple, chopped
  • 1 8-ounce package candied red cherries, cut into quarters


  • Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon; graduallly add to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet 1 minute then slide parchment sheet with cookies to wire rack and cool completely. Yield: about 7 dozen