I rediscovered my mother’s cookbook this week. It’s amazing what memories a few words on paper can bring back. The recipes lovingly copied in both my mother’s and my grandmother’s handwriting remind me of special occasions. My mom used to open the book to mix and bake her special recipes on a birthday, holiday or when one of us was feeling blue.
English Spice Cookies is a recipe originating from my English grandmother. Nana liked her sweets and we could always find cookies of some kind on her table. The recipe has a hint of spice and dried fruits to sweeten the batter. For a change try using dried blueberries or dried cranberries instead of dates.
1/3 cup butter
1 scant cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup raisings
1/2 cup finely chopped dates
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups flour to make a firm dough
2 tbsp milk
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