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Fruited Icebox Cookies (Fruchtplatzchen)

1 Servings
1/3 c butter
1/4 c sugar
1 c molasses
1/4 c buttermilk
3 1/2 c all-purpose flour,Sifted
1 T baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t cloves
1 1/2 t powdered cinnamon
1 c seedless raisins
1 c walnuts,Chopped
1 c dates,Chopped
1/4 c candied citron,Diced
1 candied cherries,Slivered
1 optional
1 slivered nuts,optional

Cream butter. Add sugar gradually, while continuing to cream butter.Add molasses and buttermilk. Mix well. Mix and sift dry ingredients. Combine well with raisins, nuts, dates and citron. Add dry ingredients to first mixture. Mix well. Shape into 2 rolls. Wrap in waxed paper. chill until firm. Cut into slices. 3/8 inch thick.
Decorate with cherries and nuts if desired. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 deg for 15 minutes. Yield 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

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