When I was growing up these cookies were often made around the holiday season. My dad loves them. In all honesty I don’t care for them, but I usually make them for him as part of his Christmas gift and this year was no different. We always called them holiday cookies, but they sort of remind me of what fruit cake might be in cookie form. Not my cup of tea, but I thought I’d share them with you none the less. Enjoy!
What You’ll Need:
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup of natural brown sugar
1 cup of organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup of buttermilk
3 1/2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of chopped nuts (Note: I like walnuts, but pecans work well too.)
1 cup of red candied cherries, cut in half
1 cup of green candied cherries, cut in half
1 cup of candied fruit, chopped
1 cup of dried dates, chopped
In a large bowl cream together butter, sugars, salt, soda and eggs until smooth. Add buttermilk and stir to mix. Add flour and mix until just incorporated. Stir in fruit and mix until fruit is throughout the dough. Chill dough for at least 4 hours, overnight is better.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Scoop chilled dough out by rounded tablespoon on to a baking pan that has been lined with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper:
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown:
Cool and store in an airtight container.
Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.
Notes: The original recipe called for only candied cherries and dates, but I like to mix it up a bit.