Saturday, 28 March 2015

Quick and Easy Mincemeat Cookies

I had a change of plan today.  I had intended to try my hand at Hot Cross Buns, but found that I didn't have enough strong white flour(bread flour) for the recipe.  So I will have to make the buns after my next shopping expedition.  Instead it gave me the opportunity to use up the remaining mincemeat that I made before Christmas.

I found a very simple recipe on the Aldi website .  Now I guess, since Aldi is a supermarket, that they expect you to buy the mincemeat, but home-made is much better than most that you can buy, so using up the remainder of mine fitted in quite well.

This recipe is very simple and works quite well.  I wasn't happy with the cooking time though, since I decided that the centres of the cookies were not cooked through.  So I increased the cooking time, by a full 8 minutes.  It may be because I cooked at 200c Fan, rather than 220c convection.  But the results have turned out very well indeed. They are nice and crunchy on the outside with a softer, chewy centre and, of course, that lovely mincemeat flavour.  The recipe said it made 30, but I actually managed 36.


Mincemeat Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 411g mincemeat
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 125g crushed cashew nuts(or almonds, which I used)
  • 400g plain flour
Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/400°F/ gas mark 4.
  2. Cream the butter with the caster sugar.
  3. Beat in the egg yolks until well blended.
  4. Sieve the flour into the mixture along with a pinch of salt and mix well.
  5. Add the mincemeat and the crushed cashew nuts (crush with a rolling pin) and mix well.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking tray and bake for 10 minutes until light brown. 
NOTE: I cooked mine for 18 minutes, using a fan oven at 200c.


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