(is over a hundred years old but has been adapted for this era)
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 T red wine or sherry or bourbon- I use sherry or bourbon
2 tsp soda
1/3 cup any type jelly
1 1/2 cup plain or all-purpose flour
4 cps pecans, washed, toasted and chopped
1 lb. mixed fruits and peel - chopped if necessary
1/2 lb. cherries - chopped
1 lb. golden or brown raisins
1/4 tsp of each- cinnamon, cloves, allspice
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
Green and red cherries -cut in half to go on top of cookies while cooking.
Cream sugar, shortening. Add eggs, jelly, vanilla, soda , spices and flour. Add fruit, nuts and whiskey. Put in
petite cupcake holders. Place half or whole cherry on top. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool, store air tight. Makes about 200 cookies.
-Soak fruit in 1/2 cup whiskey overnight, if it soaks it all up thats fine. If not drain and use 1 1/2 tbls in recipe.
-I double recipe and use fingers to fill cups about 3/4 full.
These are so good, not overly sweet, just a nice combination