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Christmas Cookies Recipe

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This recipe for Christmas Cookies, by , is from The Sword Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Joyce Anderson
Added: Saturday, January 21, 2006


1 scant cup of butter (not a full cup)
1 1/2 c. white sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
3 eggs (whole)
1 scant tsp. soda, dissolved in about 2 T of warm water
1 lb. raisins (chopped)
1 lb. dates (chopped)
1/2 c. maraschino cherries (chopped)
Pinch salt
3 c. plain flour

Cream soft margarine and sugar. Add eggs. Mix in dates, nuts, raisins, cherries, and flour. Add all other ingredients. Drop with teaspoon on buttered pans. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Clean pan after each baking. These cookies improve with age.




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