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Fruit Rocks aka Moonrocks

This is a version of Maida' Heatter's "Mrs. LBJ's Moonrocks". The original recipe calls for dates, but I usually substitute cranberries.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 44
Author: Cookie Madness

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour 510 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon each - cinnamon cloves, allspice, nutmeg
  • 8 oz unsalted butter softened (230 grams)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 300 grams
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates OR dried cranberries
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups toasted coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Optional -- small handful of white chips

Instructions

  • Sift together flour, baking soda and spices. Set aside.
  • In a second bowl, beat together softened butter and sugar. Beat in egg, syrup (or molasses) and lemon zest.
  • Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until combined. Stir in coconut, dried cranberries (or dates), raisins and nuts. Throw in some white chips if you like.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, make about 44 balls of dough. Press down slightly.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until the cookies are brown around the edges. As cookies cool, the edges will get very crisp, but the middle stays soft.