Jumbles are old-time cookies typically made cake-like. These jumbles, frosted and garnished with fruit or nuts, make attractive and very good holiday cookies.

To see an apple jumble recipe, click here.


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup walnut pieces or chopped pecans

For the icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla cream

pecans, maraschino cherries, or other fruit or nuts for garnish.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Cream together the shortening and sugars. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat until light and fluffy.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together.

3. Add the dry ingredients and the cream, one third at a time, alternating and starting with the dry ingredients. Add the nuts.

4. Drop the batter by mounded spoonfuls on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 9 or 10 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack.

5. To make the frosting, cream the butter until light. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating. Add the cream while beating, a little cream at a time, until the mixture is smooth and of spreading consistency. Frost the cookies once cooled. Garnish with nuts or fruit.

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