My Mother always makes her famous Mincemeat Bars at Christmas. They are so yummy, soft and chewy! It was an unusual holiday this year with us all camping out in their unsold empty home in Arizona. I missed them this year and of course didn’t get a photo! I may have to break down and make some myself. Hopefully they will be half as good as Moms.
She has shared the recipe along with her own special touches here. Enjoy!
Christmas Mincemeat Bars
(I call them Fruit Bars though)
This recipe is from my very old Betty Crocker Cook Book
Sophie Kerr and June Platt, writers and gourmets of note, include a similar recipe for these wonderful cookies in their fascinating book, “The Best I Ever Ate.” I added some notes.
1 tbls. soft butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar (packed)
2 tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. vanilla
Sift together and stir in;
2 cups sifted Gold Medal Flour
½ tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon (I add more)
1 tsp. cloves (I add more)
3 tbls. Hot water
Then stir in;
¼ cup sliced almonds (I use broken walnuts or pecans or chopped almonds and double the nuts.)
¼ cup seedless raisins (I double the raisins)
9 oz. pkg. mincemeat broken up. (I use ½ jar mincemeat)
Spread thin in 2 greased 13×9” oblong pans or pan of equal size or cookie sheets. Dough puffs and fills in any holes as it bakes. Bake until, when touched lightly with finger, no imprint remains.
Spread immediately with mixture of;
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
About 3 tbsp. hot milk
½ tsp. almond flavoring
Temperature: 400’ (mod. Hot oven).
Time: 12 to 15 minutes
Amount: 6 doz. 1 ½ x 2” cookies.
Eb’s note: I usually use a bit smaller pan, its okay if they are a tiny bit thicker, they just need to cook a bit longer, but not too thick. Cut when cool and store covered with wax paper. Can be frozen after baked in air tight container till ready to serve. I have never used packaged mincemeat as I couldn’t find it when I found this recipe. The jar mincemeat is great. This is my Christmas favorite and party favorite as it makes a lot and I always double it and use a full jar mincemeat.
Eunice Blevins, December 27, 2007 Mincemeat Bars