Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mincemeat Cookies

The original recipe is from Camille Glen's Old Fashioned Christmas Cookbook. I have changed it to use store-bought mincemeat and a glaze. I didn't love these cookies until I topped them with a lemon glaze. Now they are delicious.

Makes 30 cookies

Preheat oven to 350

Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment or silpats

1/2 cup butter @ room temp
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups sifted White Lily flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg reconstituted Nonesuch Mincemeat, with 2 tbl orange marmalade & 2 tbl brandy added
2 tbl chopped preserved ginger
1 cup coursely chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1-1 1/2 tbl brandy

Lemon Brandy Glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbl brandy

Stir together until smooth.

Crumble box of mincemeat into 3/4 cup of water. Add orange marmalade and brandy. Bring to a simmer, stirring. Remove from heat and let cool.

Cream butter & sugar together. Add eggs and beat hard.

Sift the flour w/ the baking powder & salt & beat them into egg mixture.

Fold in mincemeat, ginger, nuts, and vanilla by hand.

Drop batter by tsps onto cookie sheets and bake on middle rack until cookies are light brown, 15-20 minutes.

Cool on rack. When cool, brush cookies with glaze. Allow to dry thoroughly before storing in airtight containers between wax paper.

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