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Soft Mincemeat Cookies

 Soft Mincemeat Cookies
WE CALL these "Santa's cookies" because they're what we put out for Santa instead of the usual decorated Christmas cutouts. These cookies remain a traditional part of my holiday baking. Besides a plate for Santa, they fill gift plates for family and friends. I'm often told they're the first to disappear. -Evelyn Wadey, Blackfalds, Alberta
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mincemeat
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups (9 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and
  • mincemeat. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and
  • nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate
  • chips and walnuts if desired.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake at
  • 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire
  • racks to cool. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 140 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.