Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mom's cookies

It's not Christmas with out Mom's cookies. She made these every year, usually Christmas week. She also made fudge, pralines, snowball cookies, and a coconut cake. She always had decorative tins scattered all over the kitchen counter filled with goodies. No wonder I always put on a few pounds! I always did some holiday baking myself, but not quite as much as Mom did. After I got married, I made sure to get her Fruit Drop cookie recipe, and I have made them every year since. Yesterday I made a double batch, and I'll likely make another before the year's end.

Fruit Drop Cookies

1/2 cup oil
1 egg
3/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup candied mixed fruit
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 375. Combine oil, egg, and sugar; beat for 2 minutes. Mix 1 cup flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Add to oil mixture. Mix remaining 1/2 cup of flour with candied fruit, raisins, and nuts. Drop by tablespoons full onto greases cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges are golden brown.

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  1. Those look good. I'll bet they could be adapted to an easy cookie recipe I have that starts with cake mix.

  2. Those do look yummy! My mom was a big baker at the holidays too: most of her usual cookies plus chocolate and peanut butter fudge and "divinity."