Christmakkah is in full swing! No work for a whole 3 weeks!!!! (So excited!), mother-in-law is making Christmas dinner (at her house – score for our side – no cooking or cleaning for me :-) And grandparents to look after child). Holiday in America is just around the corner (and it’s really warm in Florida right now – didn’t have summer over here, so we get it for two weeks over there – score again!).
We had the annual nativity play at the nursery. That’s my little snowflake in the front (so proud -even if she did cry a bit, and insist that I sit on the stage with her… again). I’m not sure why a nursery feels it’s a good idea to put a bunch of three and four year-olds on a stage in front of all the parents – so many crying children – not great fun. But the little ones were snowmen this year – SO CUTE. They were Christmas puddings last year (do you know how hard it was to find a Christmas pudding costume? Thank you Sainsbury’s – my Christmas pudding last year had wings and a wand – perfect – but didn’t stop the crying…). This year, my little one graduated to snowflake. And she was an awesome spinning snowflake.
Anywho, I’m the Jewish half of the Christmakah celebrations over here – husband is the gentile. So I didn’t really grow up with mince pies. Actually, I’d never had one until I moved to the UK. And to be brutally honest, I don’t much care for them. Husband and daughter, on the other hand, can get through 6 dozen a day, if given the chance (I think they’re both growing – just in different directions)…
I made mince pies once for husband (before child). They weren’t his mother’s, so he didn’t eat them. I decided not to try again.
This year, we tried something different – since Monkey wanted to do some weekend morning baking, and we were short on ingredients, but had some basics to use, and a jar of mincemeat malingering about in the cupboard. So we turned them into biscuits / cookies (I prefer cookies… obviously). And the went down really well. Husband, child, and co-workers have all been fed on them. Superb.
Mince pie cookies (based on the Borden Nonsuch recipe)
- 3.25 c flour
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sodium bicarb (baking soda)
- 250 g butter (about 1 cup)
- 1.5 c demerara sugar
- 4 eggs
- 411 g jar mince
- Mix flour, salt and bicarb in very large mixing bowl
- In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar, then add eggs and mix well
- Add wet bowl to dry bowl and mix well
- Add mincemeat and continue to mix until well incorporated
- Drop onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper / greaseproof paper and bake at 350 F / 180 C for about 8 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Transfer to wire rack to cool before eating / storing.
- This makes about 50 cookies – enough to fill two tins, so be prepared for gifting!
What I would do differently next time
I might consider halving the recipe, but otherwise, these were really nice – everyone’s eaten them, and to me, that’s what makes a great cookie :-)