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Heirloom Holiday Fruit Drops



  1. Beat brown sugar, shortening, buttermilk and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended, or mix with spoon.
  2. Gradually stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Stir in cherries, dates and chopped nuts.
  4. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  5. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Grease a cookie sheet.
  7. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonsful about 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet. Place a pecan half on each cookie if desired.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly with finger.
  9. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool completely.

Yield: 48 servings

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