Mincemeat Cookies

Hello everyone. I have really missed being on my blog. Due to a personal crisis that I was going through, I was not able to allot time for my blog. But I am back again and I hope to interest you all to try some recipes for Christmas.

I had made some mincemeat last year. It is so good because the fruits and nuts have been soaking in rum for a year. The smell of the mincemeat baking was heavenly! These cookies are quite soft. I used a tablespoon to drop them in the pan but if you use a teaspoon you should easily get around 50 cookies. 

This is a very simple recipe and even the children would be able to help mix and drop the batter into the pan for baking. It just takes around 10 minutes to bake a batch and the whole project can be done in a few hours. Munching on these is like eating fruit cake in cookie form! So good.

You can substitute unsifted whole wheat flour for the total amount of flour. The cookies will be much darker in colour. You could also spread the batter into an 8 inch greased baking pan for a pan cookie variation. Cut into 2 inch squares.  This mixture can also be doubled if you want more cookies. It works very well either way.

PREP:  15 minutes  COOK TIME:  20 minutes  

Ingredients

1 cup+2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4cup+1 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup+1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup good quality mincemeat

1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.

Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

Cream the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a bowl, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well. Mix in the flour mixture gradually and mix well. Add the mincemeat finally along with the walnuts if you are using them. Mix well to combine. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden. 

 

Chocolate Finger Cookies

The holiday season is the perfect time to bake cookies. And what better than the marvellous goodness of chocolate in these just baked cookies. The chocolate icing makes it extra special and rich. They are sure to disappear fast and you will find you have never been more popular!

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This recipe makes about 24 cookies. This recipe is from Famous Brands Chocolate Classics.

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PREP: 10 minutes COOK TIME: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

21/2 cups flour

½ cup cocoa

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

Chopped nuts

Chocolate Glaze

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp water

3 tbsp cocoa

1 cup icing sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a couple of baking trays with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; blend well. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture, blending thoroughly. Shape heaping teaspoonfuls of dough into 3×1 inch fingers. Place on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until set but not hard. Cool slightly and remove to a wire rack.

To make the glaze, combine the butter and water in a small pan. Bring to boil and remove from heat. Add the cocoa immediately and stir until well blended. Add the icing sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Glaze the cookies with the chocolate glaze and sprinkle the nuts on top.

Melting Moments

There are so many versions of these popular biscuits and they’re all absolutely delicious. However, this recipe is my favourite and I have been making it forever. They are simple and quick to make.

The crushed cornflakes give it a crisp outer shell but they’re soft inside. You will find it hard to stop at just one of these munchies. It makes for a wonderful morning or afternoon treat.

This recipe makes around 40-50 biscuits.

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PREP: 10 minutes COOK TIME: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 300 gms flour
  • 180 gms caster sugar
  • 240 gms butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 100 gms cornflakes

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Crush the cornflakes with a rolling pin until they are like breadcrumbs.

Sieve the flour and baking powder. Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat the egg with the vanilla and add it to the creamed mixture. Mix well. Fold in the flour and mix gently.

Using wet hands, shape the mixture into balls. Roll them in the crushed cornflakes and bake about an inch apart until they are slightly golden underneath.