When it comes to the topic of mincemeat, it seems that most folks either like it, don’t care for it or have no idea what it is. Mincemeat is a combination of apples, raisins and citrus peel, blended with sugar and spices to be used in cooking and baking and remains one of the most popular holiday foods in England. Ready-to-use mincemeat, first offered in wooden buckets and crates, is one of the oldest American convenience foods. Mincemeat has been steadily marketed in the U.S. for more than 100 years.
This easy, original None Such recipe makes five dozen cookies and is great when you need a platter of sweet treats for those last minute holiday gatherings.
- 1 Cup all-vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 Cups sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1 None Such classic original condensed mincemeat (small box)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tablespoons fresh orange or lemon juice
- Using a large bowl, combine the shortening and sugar with mixer on high speed until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until thoroughly mixed.
- Using a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add these dry ingredients to the shortening-sugar mixture. Mix well. Stir in the mincemeat.
- Using a spoon, drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2-inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated 375* oven 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
- Using a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and orange or lemon juice until smooth. Spread glaze on each cookie.