One annual tradition that I always looked forward to growing up was holiday cookie baking day with my Grandma. We usually dedicated the weekend of the Brampton Santa Claus Parade to cookie baking. My grandmother would arrange for my cousins and I to have a sleepover at her place. She’d collaborate a bunch of recipes, pull out all of her baking ingredients and accessories, and we’d have a hay day in the kitchen. It was always a lot of fun! We’d share in a lot of laughs. Get messy. Sing to along to Christmas carols. It was a beautiful way to bond.

My Grandma hasn’t been doing all that well lately. She probably won’t have much opportunity to bake this year. If you knew her, you’d know how much she loves to bake and entertain around the holidays. One of her favorite recipes to make around the holidays is her “famous” fruit cookies. They are a hit among my family. It isn’t a true holiday gathering if Grandma S’s Fruit Cookies aren’t there.

While reflecting on my treasured memories, I decided to take a go at making my Grandmothers fruit cookies. My daughter and I headed straight for the kitchen. Cadence’s first baking experience. We had so much fun. I delegated Cadence the task of adding in the dry ingredients.

Cameron desperately wanted to be involved in the action, so he “held” Cadence’s chair in place.
I mixed together all the wet ingredients, although Cadence had really wanted to.
We did have one minor snafu. It happens. Cadence didn’t quite understand that once we added the ingredients that they were to stay in the bowl. I turned my back for a second to assemble the mixer. Turn back around to see her scooping out the flour. It was everywhere. All over the counter. All over the floor. All over her. We had a good chuckle.
Want to make these cookies too? Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla or rum
1 tsp cinnamon or allspice
1/2 cup candied cherries
1/2 cup candied fruit
1/4 cup eggnog

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and then fruit. Sift and add dry ingredients. Roll into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350.

If you find the batter is too stiff add some extra liquid, such as coffee, milk, eggnog or rum.

I’m hoping to make a larger batch right before Christmas. It’d be a great surprise and treat for my Grandmother!

Happy baking!

3 Comments on Grandma S’s Fruit Cookies

  1. Mo (@mplnd)
    November 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Those sound great!!! At first, I hated baking with my 2yo son, it took way longer, and was much messier. But I have learned to love it! he gets so excited, loves to mix or just watch the mixer. I hope he continues to love baking with me, just like I enjoyed it with my mom!

  2. Sydney Bows
    May 23, 2013 at 1:22 am (5 years ago)

    Wanna bake me up some?? Lol, they look great!

  3. Heidi Carlson-Reid
    July 21, 2013 at 3:45 am (4 years ago)

    I am not crazy about candied fruit so I would probably substitute dried fruit. Two cutie helpers!


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