Sharon Slota
Loraine Grether
Karn DeMilio Northrup
Victoria Serra Sherstad Konradsen
On Sunday, December 5, 1999 the Port Huron Times Herald had a feature article on holiday cookies. One of the people featured is a friend of mine, Sharon Slota. The recipe that appeared in the article was for Holiday Fruit Cookies. Sharon carries on a family tradition by making these cookies every year. Her mother used to make them every Christmas for her father. This is what Sharon had to say about the recipe. "My mother handed the recipe down to me and my sisters. I have fond memories of helping mom and slicing the dough. The recipe is between 50 and 60 years old, but the delicious taste treat is timeless." Here you will find the Holiday Fruit Cookie recipe and a photo of Sharon as it appeared in the Times Herald. Photo credit goes to Tony Pitts of the Port Huron Times Herald. By the way, Sharon is the owner of Viking Cones in Marysville. Stop by and see her for a great Cookie Dough Shake or other treat!

Holiday Fruit Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces
1 cup red candied cherries, cut into quarters
1 cup green candied cherries, cut into quarters
1 cup dates, cut into pieces

Cream together butter and brown sugar; add eggs, beat well.
Add milk and mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine sifted flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.
Add gradually to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
Stir in nuts and fruit. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies. Stores well.