Holiday Fruit Drops Recipe -

Holiday Fruit Drops

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"Fruity sweet and nutty drop cookies."

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Original recipe makes 8 dozen Change Servings


  1. Cream the shortening with the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs. Stir in the buttermilk.
  2. Blend in the flour, baking soda and salt. Once well combined stir in the chopped pecans, candied cherries and chopped dates. Cover and chill dough for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  4. Drop spoonfuls of chilled dough onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 13, 2005

I left out the dates because I thought the cookies might be too sweet. My hubby tried them and loved them! I made them for a Christmas cookie exchange and had to make another batch just for him! Mine seemed to want to brown around the edges before baking throughout the middle, so be very careful not to burn! Great cookies

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

I found that with that many dates, that was the dominant flavor. Also, the bottom of the cookies got too brown before the cookie was done. I don't know if lowering the temperature and baking longer would help.


6 Ratings

Jan 03, 2003

This is the best fruit cookie Ive ever tasted! And my mother in law has requested I be the official baker of them for she has tried three times and hasn't got them the way I first did just by following Valorie's recipe. Yeah!!! Score one for the Daughter in Law! (plus they are nice alternative to Chocolate and Peppermints around the holidays)Holiday Fruit Drops have now become our official "Party" Cookie. yum, yum.

Dec 01, 2008

These cookies are wonderful. Have been making them a couple of years. Always get asked to make more and more.

Aug 29, 2002

this is the best fruit cookie recipe that I have ever used. My family loved them. thanks for this recipe.

Jan 01, 2014

Not the recipe I was looking for. The cookies were too flat.


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  • Calories
  • 168 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 88 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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