One of the first things that come to mind when December rolls around is the Christmas season and all the preparations for making it a happy experience for all those people you care about. For those who have family and friends in the military, now is the time to start sending “care packages” to your loved ones overseas or stationed at bases across the nation.

There’s nothing like homemade cookies to remind them of home and the love of family. This cookie recipe dates back to the 1970, but they are just as delicious today as they were back then. And, they will no doubt put a smile on the face of your loved one who has to be far away from home this Christmas season.


1/2 cup shortening

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

1/2 cup shredded coconut

6 ounces mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together shortening, butter and sugar. Blend in egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.

Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Blend well.

Add cherries, coconut and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.

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