This recipe is from Shirley McNevich's Mom's Best Recipes Vol 1. Published here with her permission.
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(by Aunt Hazel [Haupt] Herman)
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 1/2 cups flour
1 lb. chopped dates
1 lb. chopped black walnuts
1 lb. red grapes, each grape sliced in half
In a mixer, combine butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Add baking soda in water, vanilla, cinnamon and beat. Add flour a little at a time--if it gets too stiff for the mixer, remove and continue by hand with a wooden spoon. Add dates, walnuts, and grapes--mix with wooden spoon. Drop teaspoonsful on to a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned.