In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla essence(if using) to a creamy mix.
¼ Cup Butter, ½ Cup Sugar, 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Fold in the flour mix.
Add in the chopped nuts and dried fruit mix.
Mix everything nicely, so that the flour batter coats the nuts and fruits well.
2 tbsp Chopped Almonds, 2 tbsp Chopped Cashew nuts, 2 tbsp Chopped Walnuts, 2 tbsp Tutti Frutti, ¼ Cup Mixed Dried Berries, 3-4 Figs, 4-5 Dates, Candied Orange Peel, 2-3 Apricots
Add milk in small batches. Add ¼ Cup at a time. Then add 2 tbsp.
½ Cup Milk
You can use your hands to get the dough together.
Chill the dough for minimum 30 mins.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven
On a baking tray lined with parchment paper, scoop out 1 tbsp dough or use eyeball estimation to make small lemon sized cookie dough balls.
Bake in the oven at 180°C or 350°F for 15 mins.
When the edges start turning brown, take out of the oven.
Keep on the counter for 1-2 mins and then using a spatula transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
Once cookies are completely cool keep in an air tight container or cookie jar.
Enjoy with hot milk, cocoa or cappuccino of your choice.
Alternatively, you can use your stand mixer to cream butter and sugar when making a big batch. Increase the ingredients accordingly.