Christmas angel cookies

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Shortening
½ cup Cream cheese, softened
1 cup Light brown sugar,*
½ cup Granulated sugar
2 \N Eggs
3 cups Flour
½ teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Vanilla
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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