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Dried Fruit Cookies

Discussion in 'Food Recipes' started by Corky, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Dried Fruit Cookies

    Ingredients


    • 1/2 pound dried figs ( I used dried dates, chopped )
    • 1/4 pound raisins ( I used golden raisins )
    • 2 ounces candied cherries, coarsely chopped
    • 2 ounces dried apricots, coarsely chopped
    • ( For the above 2 items, I used a mixture of dried apples,
    • apricots, cranberries and cherries )
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
    • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 6 ounces chopped pecans ( I used walnuts )
    • Kosher salt
    • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
    • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1 extra-large egg ( I used 1 large egg )
    • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    Directions

    Snip off the hard stems of the figs with scissors or a small knife and coarsely chop the figs. In a medium bowl, combine the figs, raisins, cherries, apricots, honey, sherry, lemon juice, pecans, and a pinch of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.


    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment ( I used regular beater blades ), cream the butter, cloves, superfine sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and mix until incorporated. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt just until combined. Don't over mix!



    By stirring in, add the fruits and nuts, including any liquid in the bowl. Divide the dough in half and place each half on the long edge of a 12 by 18-inch piece of plastic wrap. Roll each half into a log, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4-inch thick, making a 16-inch-long roll. Refrigerate the dough for several hours, or until firm.


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


    With a small, sharp knife, cut the logs into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place the slices 1/2-inch apart on ungreased ( I used parchment paper instead ) sheet pans and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden.



    Enjoy!!
     
  2. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    These sound yummy
     
  3. Beryl

    Beryl Trivia Specialist

    YUM...I can hardly wait to try these!
     
  4. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    I tried to avoid peeking...but...these look scrumptious!!!!
     
  5. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Thank you Jeanie, Beryl & Shipmaven. I can honestly tell you that these cookies lasted a mere couple of days. The ones I sent to my son, I received an immediate phone call, upon arrival and eating the cookies, from him and his roommates Thanking me. I guess they are keepers for sure!! :thumbup:
     

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