Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fruit & Nut Cookies

These cookies were inspired by a bar cookie recipe I used to make years ago. That recipe called for the addition of fresh banana and orange juice, which wasn't the way I wanted to go with these. I use a combination of dried blueberries, dried cherries and chopped dried apricots but any combination of dried fruit would be nice. The Apple Pie spice really adds a nice flavor and the dried blueberries are heavenly! A few of my die-hard Cowboy Cookie and Cowgirl Cookie customers at the Farmer's Market have actually switched and now buy these every week. ;)

Fruit & Nut Cookies

1 cup butter                         **Click here to print this recipe**
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups Baking Mix
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 teaspoons Apple Pie spice
2 cups diced mixed dried fruit
2/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the Baking Mix, oats and Apple Pie spice; mix thoroughly. Stir in the dried fruit and pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes and then remove to racks to cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Apple Pie Spice

4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon nutmeg

I use this Apple Pie spice in all kinds of baked goods, not just apple pie! Besides these cookies, I use it in fresh apple muffins and zucchini muffins for the Farmer's Market. It is also really nice in pancake or waffle batter with some pecans.

Sharing with the Rurality Blog Hop, Farmgirl Friday and What I Am Eating.

Update on Red:
He is still here and doing well. Jerry took him along this morning when he rode his horse out in the pasture and he did fine. We had to put him in the horse trailer last night since it was the only place we could think of that he couldn't escape from. Right now, he is actually sitting in the livingroom watching Gunsmoke with Jerry...


Little Homestead In Boise said...

Sounds good! I love blueberries! Glad your new pup is settling in :)

Buttons said...

Oh I am so hungry I will be printing this thank you my friend. This would be a great seller i am sure. Hug B

Buttons said...

Oh Red loves Gunsmoke he is going to settle in just fine. :) B

Patty Woodland said...

I love dried fruits

Kristina said...

Those look yummy. I may have to dehydrate some of my extra blueberries for these cookies.

Lynn said...

this recipe I will try, they look yummy, I am in the middle of making chocolate hunk and walnut cookies :-).

Anonymous said...

sounds delish and fun photo ~ thanks, carol, xo

Susan said...

Those cookies sound and look delicious! I'm so glad Red is settling in - I love the visual: your hubby, Red and Gunsmoke. You can almost see it!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Ooooh these look scrumptious! I could definitely take a few of these off your hands :) Glad to hear Red is doing well!

Tanya Breese said...

oh you make me wish we were neighbors so i can come over and eat with you! you make some of the yummiest stuff! have a great weekend :)

Tanya Breese said...

oh you make me wish we were neighbors so i can come over and eat with you! you make some of the yummiest stuff! have a great weekend :)

Madge Bloom said...

I'll give your three cookie recipes a try.. though I'd really rather come to the farmer's market and buy yours already made! Thanks for sharing on Rurality Blog Hop this week!

Anonymous said...

The horse trailer is a perfect place for him to stay while he's getting used to the farm! Glad he's finding security with Jerry.

Deb Crecelius said...

I always love your recipes and the photos which accompany them.
I would weigh a ton if we were neighbors
as I would always be stopping by :)

Kim Adams Morgan said...

I can't wait to try these. They look wonderful - just pinned them to my board. Love the horse photos, I miss my babies. Kim

Marie said...

More fabulous cookie recipes to try! (I still think Cowboy Cookies can't be beat, though!) :-) These would be very healthy as well as tasty!