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December 2, 2020

Cora’s Holiday Cookies


  • 2 cups (500 ml) butter
  • 2 cups (500 ml) white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) vanilla extract
  • 5 1/3 cups (1325 ml) sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (3 ml)  salt
  • 1 cup (250 ml) candied fruit
    Optional: chocolate chips or nuts


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter with electric mixer.
  2. Add sugar, little by little, until blended.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and candied fruit (add chocolate chips or nuts also, if using).
  5. Add this mixture to the sugar mixture and stir until blended.
  6. Divide batter into 3 equal parts, shape into logs and wrap in wax paper.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (logs can also be frozen for several weeks before baking).
  8. Before baking, slice logs into 5-mm pieces and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake until cookies are golden (about 10-12 minutes).

Click here to learn how to make this gift wrapping.