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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 184kcal
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


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fit baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer*, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add sugar and mix on low to combine.
  • Add shortening and mix on medium to combine.
  • Add eggs (do not beat first) and vanilla; mix well on medium speed.
  • Add currants, dried fruit, pecans and milk. Mix to fully combine.
  • 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.


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


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.1mg