|½ cup||Cream cheese, softened|
|1 cup||Light brown sugar,*|
|½ cup||Granulated sugar|
|½ teaspoon||Baking soda|
|2 cups||Candied fruit, mixed|
|2 cups||Broken pecans or almonds|
* firmly packed
The cream cheese gives these cookies a smooth texture, while the fruits sparkle and sweeten the flavor. Nice for using the candied fruits that didn't make it into the fruit cake.
Preheat oven to 350ø.
In a large bowl, cream shortening and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add sugars and eggs, mixing well. In a seperate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt together.
Add flour mixture to egg and sugar mixture; add vanilla. Mix well.
Add candied fruit and nuts.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake at 350ø for about 10-12 minutes. The cookies will be just browned at the edges.
Hint: You may have to mix candied fruit and nuts in with your hands; a little shortening on your fingers will keep the mixture from sticking.
Yield: 3 dozen. Irene Holloway, Chevy Chase, MD Randy Shearer
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