Christmas Joy Cookies -

Christmas Joy Bomb Cookies

Adapted from a 1930's recipe, these simple holiday cookies are chock full of pecans, currants and dried fruits giving them a seasonal flavor without being overly sweet.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 2-cookies servings(4 dozen cookies)
Calories 184 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3 cups all purpose Flour (gluten free or regular)
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Shortening (I use vegetable shortening)
  • 3 Eggs , room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Currants
  • 1/2 cup total mixed Dried Fruits: crystallized ginger , sweetened cranberries, golden raisins, blueberries and/or cherries; chopped
  • 1 cup Pecans , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fit baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer*, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add sugar and mix on low to combine.
  3. Add shortening and mix on medium to combine.
  4. Add eggs (do not beat first) and vanilla; mix well on medium speed.
  5. Add currants, dried fruit, pecans and milk. Mix to fully combine.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies begin to become golden. Allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes and transfer to cooling racks to fully cool. Store any uneaten cookies in an air tight sealed container.

Recipe Notes

*can also be made in a mixing bowl with a hand held mixer.

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Joy Bomb Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.