Archive | November 12, 2011

Confection not a cookie

Chocolate Hearts

These are my all time favourites and they really aren’t a cookie. They are a confection because they have no flour.

3 oz of bitter chocolate
1 lb powdered sugar
2 or 3 unbeaten egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt 3 oz of chocolate
Add 1lb of powdered sugar
And mix thoroughly
Work to a stiff yet pliable paste with the unbeaten egg whites
Add 1 tsp of vanilla
Roll ¼ inch thick and cut with cookie cutter
Sprinkle the board with powdered sugar instead of flour
Place on oiled or foiled pan
And bake until firm at 325 degrees
Remove from pan after standing a minute to cool

Grandmother Dorchester Cookies

Grandmother Dorchester Cookies

2 cups Brown sugar
2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of water
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon of cloves
2 cups raisins

Cream together brown sugar and shortening
Add egg and water
Sift together the dry ingredients
Add to the sugar mixture
Add raisins and mix well
Dough will be quite stiff
Drop by large tablespoon on foil lined cookie sheet
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 -15 minutes

Makes 3 -5 dozen

This is a very old recipe and is named for the grandmother of my grandmother’s girlhood friend

There is more than one fruitcake circling the world

Theory – There is more than one holiday fruitcake in the world

To be proved: There is more than one fruitcake in the world

Steps:

Mom, Grandma and my aunts packed their Christmas cookies in air tight old fruitcake tins

My mom alone had over 30 tins.

Some years we would get a gift of fruitcake which only my dad would eat and the tin would be added to the collection. My grandma had at 20 and the Aunts had more. I had 4 Great Aunts.

There are at least 90 fruitcakes that have existed.

Proof: There are at least 90 fruitcakes that have existed in the world not one eternally circling.

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Cookie – Spritz Bakelser

Spritz Bakelser

1 cup sugar
2 cups Butter (never ever ever use margarine in any cookie calling for butter unless you want a nasty tasting mess)
1 egg
½ cup finely chopped almonds
4 cups Soft as Silk cake flour

Chop nuts in blender or food processor. (this used to be done by hand by her indentured servants)
Cream Butter and sugar together until light and delicate
Add egg and gradually work in flour and almonds
Chill dough
Squeeze through pastry tube with small star tip on to foil lined cookie sheets
(Mom used a cookie press with the star opening, much easier and more fun)
Bake in a preheated oven 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until tinged with pale tan
Remove carefully when set

Makes 3-5 dozen

This recipe is from my Swedish great-grandmother and was transcribed my grandmother. It began as a little of this and just enough of that.

Not a cookie but BIG family favourite!

Pineapple Pickle

2 #2 ½ cans of pineapple chunks
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
20 whole cloves

Drain pineapple, reserving the liquid.
Add liquid to other ingredients and boil for 10 minutes
Add Pineapple and simmer for 10 minutes longer
Remove spices
Seal in hot sterilized jars or refrigerate until ready to use.

Serves 6-8

Warning when we made this for Thanksgiving and Christmas there is never any left to store. The longer you wait before serving the better the spices will do their job. So make the day before at least