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Aunt Margaret's Fruitcake Cookies

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Ingredients

1 pound butter, cut into slices
1 pound dark brown sugar
1 pint (16 ounces) pineapple preserves
3 tablespoons milk
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
4-1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound candied pineapple
1 pound candied cherries
2 pounds dates, chopped
12 cups shelled pecans (you may substitute 1 cup black walnuts for 1 cup pecans
2 cups flour for nuts

Instructions

Mix butter, sugar, preserves, milk and eggs. Blend baking soda with self-rising flour; add to batter. Add vanilla. Pour in the remaining fruit and mix with hands. Mixture will be very stiff. Mix together 2 cups flour with the nuts and add to dough. Drop by tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 275 to 300 degrees for 12 to 18 minutes. Cookies should be firm and not too sticky. Try a few first to judge your baking time and temperature.

Debbie Loding
East Moline



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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