Holiday Recipe – Rita Broome’s Fruit Cake Cookies

Holiday Recipe – Rita Broome’s Fruit Cake Cookies

This is my mother's recipe. Who knows how long she had been making these. She gave me the recipe when Jamie and I were first married (it's his favorite). My mother is a tee-totalar, and the recipe includes wine. Next to that ingredient, she handwrote, "I usually add a little more wine." I also love the fact that she explained to me on the note what a teaspoon and tablespoon were. She must have thought I had absolutely no idea how to cook!



Fruit Cake Cookies


½ cup margarine

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

4 eggs

¼ cup wine (or a little more)

3 tsp soda dissolved in 3 tbs sweet milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 lb dates

1 lb cherries

1 lb pineapple

1 ½ lb golden raisins

6 cups nuts


Chop fruit and use 1 cup of the flour to dredge fruit. Mix all together and drop onto baking sheet. Bake about 12 to 15 minutes




BONUS RECIPE!  Rit's Macaroni Pie


Macaroni Pie


1 ½ cups macaroni cooked and drained

12 to 16 oz extra sharp cheddar block cheese cut in cubes

6 large eggs (Rita puts in an extra egg)

1 cup milk

1 stick butter

Salt and pepper to taste


Butter a 9×13 casserole dish. Place the cooked macaroni in dish. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, whip with a fork then add the milk. Salt and pepper, stir, then fold in cheese. If the batter appears too thick, add more milk. Pour over the macaroni and cook in a preheated over for 45 minutes. When done the pie should be firm and browned on top. 

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