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Holiday Fruit Drops



INGREDIENTS:


1 cup golden flavored shortening
2 cups brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
3-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cup pecan pieces
2 cups candied cherries (halved)
2 cups dates (quartered)


INSTRUCTIONS:


Mix shortening, sugar, and eggs well. Stir in buttermilk. Blend dry ingredients; stir in. Stir in pecans, cherries and dates. Chill at least 1 hour. Drop rounded teaspoonful of dough about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Place a pecan half on each cookie if desired. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly. Makes about 8 dozen cookies.