One annual tradition that I always looked forward to growing up was holiday cookie baking day with my Grandma. We usually dedicated the weekend of the Brampton Santa Claus Parade to cookie baking. My grandmother would arrange for my cousins and I to have a sleepover at her place. She’d collaborate a bunch of recipes, pull out all of her baking ingredients and accessories, and we’d have a hay day in the kitchen. It was always a lot of fun! We’d share in a lot of laughs. Get messy. Sing to along to Christmas carols. It was a beautiful way to bond.
My Grandma hasn’t been doing all that well lately. She probably won’t have much opportunity to bake this year. If you knew her, you’d know how much she loves to bake and entertain around the holidays. One of her favorite recipes to make around the holidays is her “famous” fruit cookies. They are a hit among my family. It isn’t a true holiday gathering if Grandma S’s Fruit Cookies aren’t there.
While reflecting on my treasured memories, I decided to take a go at making my Grandmothers fruit cookies. My daughter and I headed straight for the kitchen. Cadence’s first baking experience. We had so much fun. I delegated Cadence the task of adding in the dry ingredients.
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla or rum
1 tsp cinnamon or allspice
1/2 cup candied cherries
1/2 cup candied fruit
1/4 cup eggnog
Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and then fruit. Sift and add dry ingredients. Roll into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350.
If you find the batter is too stiff add some extra liquid, such as coffee, milk, eggnog or rum.
I’m hoping to make a larger batch right before Christmas. It’d be a great surprise and treat for my Grandmother!