A winter storm came through from the south Sunday night and dumped lots of snow south of Nashville but since we are north we only ended up with about an inch or so. Great day to stay home from work and bake cookies. Another winter storm came through Monday night but the worst of it stayed north in Kentucky and we only ended up with a dusting. Main roads were clear so I headed for work today.
1 lb chopped seedless dates (2 8 oz boxes)
1 teaspoon soda
2 tablespoons hot water
Pour soda water mixture over dates and let stand.
Chop into small pieces and set aside:
8 oz candied cherries
8 oz candied pineapple
Cream 2 sticks margarine and 1 1/2 cups sugar in largest mixing bowl you have. This recipe makes 6-9 dozen cookies and you will need the room.
Mix in 3 egg yolks (save egg whites for later).
Gradually add and mix till blended:
Mixture will be very dry and crumbly.
3 cups sifted plain flour
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups raisins (white or regular)
1 cup chopped english walnuts
1 cup chopped black walnuts
1 cup chopped pecans
Fold in 3 stiffly beaten egg whites.
Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes (until lightly browned) at 350 degrees. Let cool briefly before removing. Makes 6-9 dozen.