Fruit Sweetened Fruit Cookies

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water
1 cup finely chopped dates
1/2 cup apples (chopped and peeled)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup oats (quick)
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Sift together the flour and baking soda, setting aside. Combine together dates, water, raisins and apples, bringing mixture to boil, allow to simmer for several minutes. Remove mixture from the heat, add in the margarine, stirring. Cool the mixture, then add oatmeal, eggs, all dry ingredients. Add in nuts and vanilla. Cover in bowl and allow to chill in refrigerator overnight. Drop dough onto baking sheets about 2″ apart. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 22-25 minutes. Store cookies in airtight container in refrigerator. Dash of cinnamon may also be added.

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