Mary Bell's Cookies

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Spice cookies full of fruit and nuts

Preparation time: 1 hr
Cooking time: 20 min



2 c. raisins
1 c. water
1 c. shortening or lard
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp alspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
optional: 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
4 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 c. walnuts
optional: 1/2 to 1 c. of glace cherries or peel


Boil raisins in water for 5 minutes.

combine shortening, sugars, salt, vanilla, spices, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, fruits and nuts. Gradually add flour. Drop from spoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350o for 20-25 minutes or until appearing dry on top. Store in covered plastic tub.

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