Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know it’s been a while, ok a LONG time, since I last posted anything. I apologize.
Upon returning from a date night with my hubby, I thought it would be fun to make cookies with the rug-rat. He didn’t really seem too enthused, until I started asking for a “special cookie maker.” That got him excited, go figure. So, I started looking at the ingredients I had on hand and Grandma’s trusty recipes. I was missing a key ingredient for a cookie I thought looked easy enough: Mincemeat Cookies. I ran out of pear mincemeat at Christmas and didn’t have any other jars on hand. However I did have three jars of fig preserves from my Aunt Barbara. She and her daughter, Haley (my oldest cousin), are always good for a few jars of this and that when I’m home.
So, I used chopped fig preserves. If you have never had mincemeat, I suggest you try some. Unless your great-aunt Gertrude still makes it the “real” way (with the meat of a hog’s head), a jar of modern mincemeat is usually a mix of spices, sugar and various “hearty” fruits like pears and apples. While figs are a little softer in texture, their flavor is a similar profile and mincemeat. In other words, it worked.
There was no indication as to the yield in the recipe. It made about 48-60 cookies I think (give or take the “tester” cookies). So here it is, the first recipe of the year. Better late than never!
Mince Meat Cookies
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp soda
- 1 cup shortening (I used butter)
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 3 eggs (well beaten)
- 1 cup of mince meat, or preserves of your choice
Sift the flour, salt, and soda together. Cream butter and sugar then beat and add eggs. Stir in mince meat. Add the dry ingredients and mix. Drop by the spoonful (or see option below) onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400* for about 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden. Option: make bake in thin sheet and cut into bars.
The mix seemed a little dry while mixing, so I poured in some of the fig preserve liquid to moisten it up a bit. It worked well and the cookies taste amazing! The hubby just came out of the kitchen exclaiming, “Wow, that made a lot of cookies!” Another note: The hubby is not a fig eater but enjoyed these cookies, so they must be good!
Grandma’s Notes: 9/20/98- Went to church; crocheted some. THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR CLOSENESS TO ME IN MY EVERYDAY LIFE.