Monday 10 December 2012

Day 6: Merry Fruit Cookies

Tim Jackson, who works in technical services at our library headquarters, baked these cookies. They are going to be at the Annapolis Royal Library in case you want to sample them!


These yummy, attractive cookies make an ideal cookie exchange contribution.
Glazed cherries, quartered          2 cups – 500ml
Dark raisins                                      1 ½ cups – 375 ml
Red pineapple rings, cut up          4
Green pineapple rings, cut up      4
Chopped dates                                 1 cup – 250 ml
All-purpose flour                              ½ cup – 125 ml
Butter or hard margarine,              1 lb. – 454 g
Granulated sugar                             2 cups – 450 ml
Large eggs                                          3
Vanilla                                                 1 tsp. – 5 ml
Almond flavoring                             ½ tsp. – 2 ml
Baking powder                                  1 tsp. – 5 ml
Baking soda                                       1 tsp. – 5 ml
Ground cinnamon                            ½ tsp. – 2 ml
All-purpose flour                              4 ½ cups – 1 L

Place first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Stir to coat fruit with flour.

Cream  butter and sugar well in large bowl. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and almond flavoring.

Stir baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon into second amount of flour in separate bowl. Add fruit mixture. Stir. Add to batter. Stir until it is too difficult to mix. Work with hands until flour is mixed in. shape into 4 or 5 logs about 1 ½ inches (4 cm) in diameter. Roll each log in waxed paper. Chill for 1 hour or longer. Cut in ¼ inch (6 mm) slices. Arrange on greased baking sheet ½  inch (12 mm) apart. Bake in 375 F (190 C) oven for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Makes about  9 dozen cookies.

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