I made the fruit cocktail cookies.
It called for cloves. I didn't think my kids would eat it with cloves, so I didn't add any. I also decided not to add raisins. My kids don't like those either.
Some things made me pause about the recipe. For starters it baked at 350 and I thought that was odd. Another thing was that it didn't have any salt at all. The recipe called for 3 eggs and all shortening, too.
I decided to go ahead and add the walnuts the recipe called for. These cookies don't need walnuts and I won't add them next time.
I decided to add a little salt which was a good idea. I left the eggs as called for since there was 4 cups of flour, I thought ok I'll let it be. I added a cup of coconut. I added more cinnamon since 1 teaspoon in 4 cups of flour isn't enough. I used half butter and half shortening since all shortening did not seem like a good idea.
It said bake 10-12 minutes. At the 12 minute mark, they were still under cooked. I knew I should have raised the temp to 375. Right away 350 seemed too low.
These cookies are okay. Nothing fabulous. They aren't horrible, but they aren't delicious. They are puffy and cake-like, but life is too short to bake and eat cookies that are just okay when there are millions of cookies that are fantastic. I'd say the reviews on this recipe on the allrecipes website are fairly accurate when describing the cookie as being light. It's just not what I consider a cookie! It's like a muffin top. Almost a scone, but not quite either and not quite a cookie! LOL
My photo makes it look like there's only peaches. LOL There's actually nuts, coconut and fruit cocktail. How funny.