I know some of you turned your nose up at the word fruitcake. Fruitcake has gotten a bad rap lately. I will admit there are bad fruitcakes out there but there are some good ones too. This recipe is very special to me. Growing up my grandmother use to make these fruitcake cookies for Christmas. And they were/are good. Mine are a little different from hers but they are similar. These might start becoming a holiday regular.
My cookies look different to MaMa's. I bought the precut candied fruit which was in very small pieces. It also had some citrus included. My grandmother would hand chop green and red cherries. So the pieces were larger.
MaMa's Fruitcake Cookies Recipe
1 cup shortening or butter(softened)
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pecans
2 cups candied cherries chopped
2 cups dates chopped
Chill at least one hour. Scoop out the cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Top with cherry.
Bake about 9 minutes in a 350 preheated oven.