Pear Mincemeat Cookies Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time45 MinCooking Time45 Min
Ready In1 Hr 30 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings20
CuisineCourse
MethodDish
Main IngredientInterest Group

Ingredients

 Shortening1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Eggs2
 Half-and-half2 Teaspoon
 Vanilla extract1 Teaspoon
 All-purpose flour2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
 Salt1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Baking soda1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Egg yolk1 , beaten
 Water2 Tablespoon
Pear mincemeat:
 Pears7 Pound, peeled, cored & cut into eighths
 Lemons2 , unpeeled & cut into eighths
 Oranges2 , unpeeled & cut into eighths
 Raisins2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Sugar6 Cup (96 tbs)
 Salt1 Tablespoon
 Ground allspice1 Tablespoon
 Ground cinnamon1 Tablespoon
 Ground nutmeg1 Tablespoon
 Ground cloves1 Tablespoon
 Vinegar1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 550 Calories from Fat 60

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g10.5%

Saturated Fat 1.9 g9.3%

Trans Fat 0.7 g

Cholesterol 30.6 mg

Sodium 370.8 mg15.4%

Total Carbohydrates 125 g41.8%

Dietary Fiber 7.6 g30.5%

Sugars 98 g

Protein 4 g7.8%

Vitamin A 2.4% Vitamin C 32.8%

Calcium 6% Iron 9.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

GETTING READY
1) Take a food processor bowl and position knife blade in it.
2) Add 1 cup pears and process until finely chopped.
3) Repeat the process with remaining fruit.
4) Take a Dutch oven and combine chopped fruits with all remaining ingredients in it.
5) Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes.
6) Pour the hot mixture in hot sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch headspace.
7) Cover quickly with metal lids and screw tightly with bands.
8) Process the jars in boiling water bath for about 25 minutes.

MAKING
9) Cream the shortening. Gradually stir in 1 cup sugar and beat well.
10) Add eggs, one at a time. Beat nicely upon each addition.
11) Stir in vanilla along with half-and-half. Beat well.
12) Take a bowl and combine together salt, baking soda and flour in it.
13) Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture. Stir and mix well.
14) Cover the prepared dough and chill for a minimum of 1 hour.
15) Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with a 2 inch round cookie cutter.
16) Place half of prepared cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet and spoon about 1 teaspoon prepared mincemeat at the center of each cookie.
17) Top with the remaining cookies and press the edges with a fork.
18) Take a small bowl and combine together water and egg yolk. Brush on top of cookies. You can also use melted butter, if desired.
19) Bake for about 12-15 minutes at a temperature of 375° F.

SERVING
20) Store cookies in an airtight container. Serve with milk, if desired.
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