Christmas Rock Cookies

These are like "loaded" fruitcake cookies

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon strong coffee
1/2 cup currants (cleaned)
1 cup seeded raisins
1 pound chopped pecans
1/4 cup candied cherries
1/4 pound candied pineapple
1/4 pound candied citron peel
1/4 pound dates
1/4 pound candied orange peel

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat eggs until foamy, add to mixture. Sift flour with spices, cocoa and soda. Save out 1/2 cup of flour mixture. Add the rest of flour mixture to butter mixture. Stir in coffee. Cut fruits into small slivers and dredge fruit and chopped pecans lightly in flour saved out for this. Add to fruit and the rest of flour to batter, mixing thoroughly. Pre-heat oven to 325 F. Grease cookie sheets. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Do not place too close together. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not over-brown. Store cookies in jars.

Note: Posted by "Marbalet" to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com.

Servings: 96

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