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Mincemeat Cookies Recipe

You can taste the spirit of Christmases past in these chewy old-fashioned cookies with their sweet caramel frosting. One batch makes 9 dozen cookies that freeze well for the holidays!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:54 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3-1/4 cups prepared mincemeat
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 9 dozen pecan halves

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Add mincemeat; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 2. For the frosting, combine the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 6-8 minutes, stirring twice, or until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add the confectioners' sugar, cream and extract; beat until smooth. Frost the cookies; top each with a pecan half. Yield: 9 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 203 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.