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Christmas Rocks

Christmas Rocks cookies - A vintage cookie recipe filled with nuts and dried and candied fruit. Soft, sweet and delicious!

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!

Christmas Rocks cookies - A vintage cookie recipe filled with nuts and dried and candied fruit. Soft, sweet and delicious!

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!

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Christmas Rocks

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rack in top one third of oven.
  2. In a food processor, pulse each nut one at a time until pea sized and place in a large bowl.
  3. Pulse the four fruits one at a time to same size and add to nuts in bowl.
  4. Add ½ cup of the flour to the fruit and nuts and toss and mix until combined. Set aside.
  5. 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)
  6. Add the egg and combine.
  7. Add remaining flour, cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla and combine.
  8. Pour this mixture over the fruit and nuts and combine by hand.
  9. Line four cookie sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with non stick pan spray.
  10. Divide mixture into 48 one ounce drops using a small scoop placing 12 per pan.
  11. 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.
  12. Remove to a rack to cool.
  13. Seal and an airtight container.

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Christmas Rocks cookies - A vintage cookie recipe filled with nuts and dried and candied fruit. Soft, sweet and delicious!

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  1. I’m always enamored with cookies loaded with nuts ~ I just feel like it’s a great way to get my protein my for the day. Or at least that’s what I tell myself!! It’s great that there’s pecans, walnuts and almonds ~ my 3 fav’s in here! Maybe throw in a few Macadamia nuts (or not as they are $16.99 a pound where I live!) But they are good! Love recipes from grandma’s box. Just brings back memories =)

  2. Good Morning Martha,
    This recipe reminds me of one my Mother and Grandmother made at Christmas every year. Our family often joked that our Mother found any excuse to use raisins. She would buy them still on the stems, purchasing several at a time. Not sure if they are still available on the stem any more, but I know they were fresher than the boxed ones. Thanks for sharing your Mother’s recipe’s with all of us “sentimental recipe collectors”
    God Bless, Linda

    • I’ve never seen raisins sold on the stem Linda…But I bet they were so much better than the boxed version! Glad this recipe brought back some happy memories for you too…

  3. Reading the ingredients for Christmas Rocks, I thought about fruit/nut trail mixes as a good substitute for the fruits/nuts. I have made oatmeal cookies using trail mix and it is a favorite.

  4. These cokkies remind me of a recipe that l had but lost years ago called Russian Rocks. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!!!!

  5. Sounds delicious!
    Two comments:
    Recipe calls for 3/4 c flour but only 1/2 c is used. Where’s the other 1/4 c?
    Line 13 is should probably say “Seal and STORE…..”
    Thanks for the yummy-ness!

    • Sandra, this is Jack. I had to go back and find Martha’s mother’s original recipe card to check for my mistake. The rest of the flour goes in with the cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla. I updated the recipe. Thank you so much for letting us know.

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