1 cup shortening
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup soured milk, buttermilk, or water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups broken pecans
2 cups candied cherries, halved
2 cups chopped dates
Mix shortening, sugar and eggs well. Stir in soured milk. Blend dry ingredients,
stir in to
wet mixture. Stir in the pecans, cherries and dates. Chill at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 400
Drop heaping teaspoons of dough about 2" apart on lightly greased cookie
sheet. Place a
pecan half on each cookie if desired.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes until almost no imprint
when touched lightly.