CHRISTMAS FRUIT COOKIES

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup nuts, chopped
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup dates, cut up
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 cup candied fruit
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup flour
1 each egg
Cream shortening, sugar, and cottage cheese. Beat in egg. Sift dry ingredients and add to other mixute alternately with milk. Add nuts, dates , and candied fruit. Drop by tsp. onto lightly greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake.