Holiday Fruit Cookies

"A man is better pleased when he has a good dinner, than when his wife talks Greek."

- Dr. Samuel Johnson, from the General Foods Kitchens Cookbook, 1959.




Holiday Fruit Cookies


Submitted by:

Stacey D-J


7 dozen cookies

Preparation time:




1 cup soft shortening

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

cup sour milk

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cups broken pecans

2 cups halved candied cherries

2 cups cut-up dates


Mix shortening, brown sugar, and eggs. Add sour milk. Sift flour, soda, and salt; stir into shortening mixture. Mis in pecans, cherries, and dates. Chill. Heat oven to 400; drop with teaspoon 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Watch closely, remove from oven when centers are set but cookies still look slightly underdone.


This is a recipe from the 1950s very simple and wonderful; moist and rich (and not at all like "traditional" fruitcake. I received this one from Vera Hitpas.