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This Christmas Rocks cookie recipe is another vintage recipe from my mother’s old recipe box. And – as has been the case with so many of the recipes from my mom that we’ve shared earlier on A Family Feast – Jack and I both get such a kick out of the recipe name!
I really have no idea why these cookies are called Christmas Rocks – because they are soft, sweet, and absolutely delicious! I also think they are very festive and perfect for the holidays – with the colorful dried cranberries and candied cherries and pineapple chunks peeking out through the batter. These cookies are also loaded up with nuts – walnuts, almonds and pecans – so they have a great crunchy texture as well!
My mom loved baked goods filled with dried fruits and nuts (she even liked fruit cake!) – so I can totally see why this Christmas Rocks cookie recipe was in her collection.
These easy cookies bake up in about 20 minutes, and I think they are the absolute best served warm right out of the oven. But you can also make them up to a day or two ahead of time. Just store them in an airtight container before serving.
And one last note – although the recipe called for candied cherries and pineapple, plus a mix of walnuts, almonds and pecans, we think any combination of candied fruit and nuts will work well in this recipe. Enjoy!
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup pecans
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup candied cherries
- 2 cups candied pineapple
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ¾ cup all purpose flour, divided
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 whole egg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Non-stick pan spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rack in top one third of oven.
- In a food processor, pulse each nut one at a time until pea sized and place in a large bowl.
- Pulse the four fruits one at a time to same size and add to nuts in bowl.
- Add ½ cup of the flour to the fruit and nuts and toss and mix until combined. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix butter and brown sugar until creamed. (I used a stand mixer with a paddle attachment but this could be done by hand)
- Add the egg and combine.
- Add remaining flour, cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla and combine.
- Pour this mixture over the fruit and nuts and combine by hand.
- Line four cookie sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with non stick pan spray.
- Divide mixture into 48 one ounce drops using a small scoop placing 12 per pan.
- Bake two pans at a time in top third of oven for 20 minutes but watch that bottoms don’t get too browned. Rotate pans after ten minutes.
- Remove to a rack to cool.
- Seal and an airtight container.
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