Whole Fruit and Nut Slices
2 cups whole pitted dates
2 cups whole candied cherries (red and green)
2 cups whole pieces candied pineapple
2 cups whole pecans
2 cups whole walnuts
2 cups whole Brazil nuts
1 pound butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs (added one at a time)
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
Gather the fruits and nuts together to have ready to add to the batter when ready.
Cream the butter, sugars and vanilla extract together; mix well.
Add the 3 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the flour, baking soda and salt.
Add the fruits and nuts.
Divide the dough into 4 parts and wrap each in aluminum foil and shape the rolls into the size cookie desired.
Chill for several hours or will keep for several weeks.
Slice when desired using a very sharp knife.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid over-browning.
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