Holiday Cookies On Christmas Eve 2019
Making holiday cookies on Christmas Eve 2019. My task for tonight is to get the ever so special Dot’s Fruit-Cookie dough ready. No, these are not just any ordinary cookies. The recipe is 3 generations old. I managed to get it from my mother in law, over 20 years ago. Her name was Dot, short for Dorothy. She giggled as she told me the story of when her friends asked her to share her mother’s recipe. She said she always left a little something out of her recipe. Her friends said Dot’s cookies were the best, that they just never tasted as good as hers. They never knew she had given them an incomplete recipe.
I made these cookies with Dot on a visit at my home in Wilton, just outside Elk Grove, California on a Christmas visit over 20 years ago. Bless her soul. So, the good news I have the real deal recipe. I carry on her tradition every year since as I always make Granny Dot’s world-famous fruit cookies at X-Mas. It’s a crazy amount of chopping. Three pounds of nuts. two pounds of candied cherries, two pounds of candied pineapple. Then add an additional two pounds of white rains and chop two pounds of dates. This is all mixed up with the homemade batter along with several secret ingredients.
These cookies I like to serve warm with tea or coffee. They are the real taste of Christmas. Now, I know some naysayers think, but I don’t like fruitcake? These cookies taste nothing like fruit cake. They are so very special. I thought about starting a holiday cookie business once upon a time but these cookies cost about $100 to make 10 dozen, so not inexpensive. They would have to be sold at high-end specialty such as Harrods, in London. Instead, they are made out of my little country kitchen and all ingredients are chopped by hand.
My cat Kit-Kits decided he wanted to sit on my extra-large cookie sheet. Of course, I had to wash the pan again to cook these beautiful mouth-watering Christmas cookies. Making holiday cookies on Christmas Eve in 2019 will bring a smile to the faces of friends and family.
— JaCi Wallace