Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fruitcake Cookie Recipe

For those of you who thought I was kidding when I said I had a recipe for Fruitcake Cookies, here it is!! :) The recipe is from my 95 year old Aunt Helen who lives in Dallas, Texas. They really do taste good if you like fruity-type cookies.


1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup currant jelly (you can substitute a different flavor jelly if you wish)
2 eggs
1-1/2 Tbls milk
2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg (My aunt uses less of the nutmeg and more of the allspice and cloves)
1 lb pecans, chopped
1 lb golden raisins (The original recipe calls for "white" raisins, which I have never heard of)
1/2 lb EACH of candied cherries, candied pineapple, and citron - cut up all fruit into small pieces. (You can substitute any candied fruit that you like)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Cream butter, sugar, jelly and eggs. Dissolve baking soda in milk and add it to the butter mixture. (Variation: My Aunt substitutes part of the milk with brandy to equal the 1-1/2 Tbls measurement - perhaps this is why she has lived to the ripe old age of 95!) Gradually add half the flour, sifted with the cloves. Dredge nuts and fruit with remaining flour and stir into batter. Mix well. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Makes 10 dozen cookies

Sunday, October 7, 2007

12 Days

Just a quick note to everyone..
for those visiting, thank you for your interest. This swap is FULL and was an invitational swap. I think it will be very fun and its not too late to start your own. Invite 11 friends to join you and create some wonderful art to share.

For the participants to THIS swap.. Here is the "button" I made for you to put on your blogs.

You can post it whenever you are ready. I mailed out an update today so if you did not get it, please give me a holler. If you are STUCK om what to make I have started a list of ideas that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing:
- ornaments
- embellished book/ journal
- jewelry
- collages or wall art
- 2008 calendar
- banners, bunting and swags
- charms
- crowns or party hats
- "studio" signs
- picture frames
- boxes- for ATCs, jewelry, trinkets

... if anyone else has any ideas, post 'em!!!! Have fun!