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Apricot Raisin Cookies

It's a little-known fact, but true, that apricots are among the most blessed fruit - and in combination with raisins, cinnamon and allspice, they can transport the most earth-bound soul into a different reality.


1 cup dried apricots
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon warm water
1 egg
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans


Grind apricots in food processor or blender.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to creamed mixture, beating until smooth. Beat in the egg.
Slowly blend in the dry ingredients, mixing until well blended. Fold in the apricots, raisins and pecans. Cover and chill for one hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls two inches apart. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
Makes 3 dozen


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