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. 

 

Banana Mincemeat Bread

I had made a large quantity of mincemeat for Christmas but I just didn’t have the time to make anything. I was just looking up some recipes featuring mincemeat and came across this interesting one. As I had some over ripe bananas as well, I was rather pleased. It’s something that I could eat at anytime of the day.

The bread was really delicious and the combination of the bananas with the boozy mincemeat was great. I could taste the subtle flavour of both and it was a big hit with my family and friends. It’s definitely going to be something I make often.

It’s easy to make and is perfect over a cup of tea or even in the morning if you’re rushed for time.

This recipe is from the book American Cooking.

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PREP: 20 minutes COOK TIME: 1 hour

Ingredients

¼ cup butter

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

11/4 cup sifted flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup mashed bananas

1 cup mincemeat, drained

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160 C. Butter and line a loaf tin with parchment paper. I used a double lining for the tin.

Sift the flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and soda together.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add the flour mixture to the butter alternating with the bananas and mincemeat. Mix well. Spoon into the buttered loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, depending on the oven. Cool.