I rediscovered my mother’s cookbook this week. It’s amazing what memories a few words on paper can bring back. The recipes lovingly copied in both my mother’s and my grandmother’s handwriting remind me of special occasions. My mom used to open the book to mix and bake her special recipes on a birthday, holiday or when one of us was feeling blue.
English Spice Cookies is a recipe originating from my English grandmother. Nana liked her sweets and we could always find cookies of some kind on her table. The recipe has a hint of spice and dried fruits to sweeten the batter. For a change try using dried blueberries or dried cranberries instead of dates.
1/3 cup butter
1 scant cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup raisings
1/2 cup finely chopped dates
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups flour to make a firm dough
2 tbsp milk
Whip butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add eggs, raisins and dates to wet mixture.
Combine cloves, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and 1 1/2 cups of flour in a bowl. Make sure the ingredients are well mixed.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until blended. Add some or all of the 1/2 cups of flour to the mixture to make a stiff dough.
Mix in milk.
Roll in balls and flatten slightly on a non-stick cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Another recipe from my mom’s cookbook is Raspberry Chocolate Swirly Cookies. For a change give them a try. Enjoy!