Veggie Yogi

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Fruit Jumbles – A Sweet Yet Nutritious Treat!

Here’s a delicious cookie recipe that comes from an old cookbook found at an auction sale! The cookbook was put together by the Women’s Auxiliary of Hallville United Church in Hallville, Ontario for their 140th anniversary, and this particular recipe comes from Mrs. W. T. Coleman. These cookies really pack a punch as they include dates, dried fruit and walnuts, so not only are they a sweet treat, but they also have nutritional value. 🙂

I have adapted the recipe slightly, including using half whole wheat flour and half white flour which is something I often do with my recipes. It’s a good idea to store whole wheat flour in the refrigerator since it has a higher fat content than white flour and is more inclined to go rancid.

The original recipe only called for 2 tablespoons of milk, but I found the batter seemed a bit too dry so I added a couple more and it seemed to help. So add as much milk as you need to make the batter sufficiently moist.

Here’s what you’ll need:
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
4 tbsp milk
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup mixed candied peel (dried candied fruit–I found this in the bulk food area of Whole Foods)
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
1/2 cup broken walnuts
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar.

Add salt and well-beaten egg.

Add milk, flour, baking powder and mix well. 

Mix in fruit and walnuts.

Grease cookie sheet or spray with non-stick spray. Drop cookie dough onto sheet using an ice cream scoop to measure evenly-sized cookies. Press the cookies down slightly with a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

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