Shortening 1 cup
Brown sugar (firmly packed) 2 cups
Eggs (medium) 2 numbers
Sour milk, buttermilk (or water) cup
Flour 3 cups
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Salt 1 teaspoon
Pecans (broken) 1 cups
Halved candied cherries 2 cups
Dates (chopped) 2 cups

Method of Preparation

Put sugar, shortening and eggs in a bowl and mix well. Add sour milk and stir in well. Mix and blend all dry ingredients, add to the wet mixture and stir well. Add pecans, dates and cherries and mix well.

Before baking, chill the mixture for a minimum of 1 hour. Pre heat the oven to 400F.Spread or drop the dough with the help of the heaping teaspoon over a lightly greased cookie sheet with a 2 inch spacing between two drops.

If desired, place one piece of pecan over each cookie before baking. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and to ensure proper cooking there should not be any imprint when you touch the cookies lightly with your fingers.