Note: This makes 7½ pounds of dough and 5 pounds of filling. To stay on track for balance, you may choose to break it out into 5 batches of 1½ pounds of dough to each pound of filling.
It's hard to imagine a regular family recipe that makes a larger amount of cookies than this one does. It's good to do with someone else to share the cost, labor and output. I had an awesome time doing this down in Connecticut with Joe. If you don’t have one, make friends with someone with a food grinder attachment for his or her KitchenAid mixer so you can grind the fruit for the filling.