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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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1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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