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Santa’s Fruit & Nut Cookies

This delightful holiday cookie was given to me by a co-worker. I bring a batch to all of my Christmas parties. —Sherry Turner, Miami, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in milk just until moistened. Stir in fruit and nuts.
  • On a floured surface, roll or pat dough into a 12x6-in. rectangle. Cut into 4x1/2-in. strips. Form into "S" shapes; place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 425° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Combine confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency; drizzle over cookies.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 86 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
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