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Christmas Bannock

Makes 64 cookies.

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/8 cup confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup finely minced candied fruit
1/4 cup finely minced toasted almonds
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and slightly softened
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. To prepare by hand: On a cool work surface, combine flour, salt and sugar; stir to blend. Add fruit and almonds, tossing to coat fruit with flour mixture. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles fine crumbs. To prepare in a food processor: In work bowl of food processor, combine flour, salt and confectioners' sugar. Pulse briefly until just blended. Add fruit, almonds and butter. Pulse several times until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press dough into 8-inch-square baking pan; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake until lightly browned (about 30 minutes). Immediately cut into 1-inch squares. Leave in pan 10 minutes, then place cubes on wire rack to cool.

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