3/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
3/4 cup chopped shelled green pistachios
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup Vanilla Sugar (recipe at bottom)
Quart jars come in a range of shapes with varying amounts of headroom. The best mix recipes are flexible enough to allow you to add a few extra pieces of fruit, candy or nuts if necessary to tightly pack the contents and keep the layer
Layer the ingredients in a 1-quart canning jar. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next one. Add additional dried fruits or pistachios to fill small gaps, if necessary. Makes 1 jar.
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Beat 1/3 cup butter (no substitutes) in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Beat in 2 eggs. Stir in jar contents just till combined using a wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill till easy to handle, if necessary. Shape each portion of dough into a 9 inch loaf. Place loaves 4 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet, flattening slightly till 2 inches wide. Bake in a 375 oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool loaves on the cookie sheet for 1 hour. Cut each loaf diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices using a serrated knife. Place slices, cut sides down on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 325 oven for 8 minutes. Turn slices over; bake 8 to 10 minutes more or till dry and crisp. Cool on wire rack. Makes 32.
Vanilla Sugar -
Fill a quart jar with 4 cups sugar. Cut a vanilla bean in half lengthwise and insert both halves into sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool dry place for several weeks before using. Will keep indefinitely.