Saturday, January 2, 2010


Happy New years everyone! I know I'm a little late,but ,I've been trying to sort my thought before I posted and I guess it just takes me longer than most people. Before I get lost in my own world, please know that I love having this special cyber family,and here's hoping we keep the circle growing.
Did you make any cookies this year? Usually I make a short-bread cookie. A friend ,from Nova Scotia, gave me the recipe many years ago and I have made them faithfully ever since. I cut them to look like strawberries dipped them in chocolate and they were always appreciated by everyone.This year after seeing soooo many new recipes on line,I just felt I should try something different. I told friends of my need for change and this is the recipe that I decided upon.Now I have to say, I'm one of those people that hates fruitcake. Would you believe I opted for FRUITCAKE COOKIES. I was running out of time and I certainly didn't want to fall back on chocolate chip cookies.My friend assured me these were tasty and simple and took very little time. She was right,however,there were a few catches.

There was no candied fruit which is the big no-no for me,so I thought I'd give them a try.After all time was running short,I needed cookies.I lined up my ingredients.
1/2 lb dried figs
1/4 lb raisins(golden)
1/4lb dried cherries
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons sherry(All I had was Harvey's Bristol Creme)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 oz chopped walnuts
kosher salt
2sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
1/2 teas ground clove
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 extra large egg
2 2/3 cup all purpose flour
I didn't have the walnuts so being in a hurry I just told everyone I forgot to put them in.

So first thing Snip off the hard stems of the figs with scissors or a small knife and coarsely chop the figs .In a medium bowl combine the figs Raisins cherries honey sherry lemon juice walnuts and a pinch of salt.Cover with the plastic wrap and allow to sit OVERNIGHT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. ARGGGHHH.So even though it was midnight and I was hoping to get these done before going to bed ,I dutifully covered them and got up at 5:30 am to work on them again.
So early in the morning take out the bowl and mixer and cream the butter clove superfine sugar and brown sugar till smooth about 3 in with the egg mix well and next the flour and another 1/4 teas of salt .Just mix till combined then add the drunken fruit and (nuts) and any liquid in the bowl.This is where a turned the page to read. Roll into 2 logs12x18 secure in parchment and REFRIGERATE FOR SEVERAL HOURS.Hmmmm how about place in freezer for 30 mins.

so I rolled,chilled cut baked at 350 for 15 mins .

and these are my cookies.I don't know if they would be better had I taken the time to follow the recipe to the letter but,we thought they were pretty darn tasty and rather festive looking.Oh.everyone decided to make cookies this year so Jiggy and I are still up to our eyeballs in cookies squares and fudge, so, I guess there was no need to panic.................................said the hobbit


Margaret said...

They look delish...but I love fruit cake, not all types, but many and hey if you have to up to your eyeballs in anything...cookies, squares and fudge is a pretty good option.
Happy New Year, my blog friend.

Connie said...

These certainly do look very festive! They sound yummy too, which is the best part.

Happy New Year to you - may you have a wonderful year.

pam said...

The ingredient list and the photo sold me! I am definitely giving these a try. But I don't plan to wait until next year! I think January is a good time to make fruit cake cookies!