Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fruit & Spice Cookies

As I've mentioned on this blog ad nauseam, I am not a baker. But, I am an eater who loves her cookies, and if I'm not going to bake them, who will? The other day I had a hankering for a fruity, spicy, nutty cookie. Something that was really tasty, and a cross between a Joe Frogger and a raisin cookie. So, I grabbed a couple of familiar recipes, substituted here and there, based upon what I had in the pantry, and came up with these. I’m quite pleased! Normally, I don't like a softer cookie, but when it comes to a spicy cookie with a light molasses base, soft and chewy is good. Because this is a recipe I just pulled out of my head, feel free to substitute the walnuts for pecans, and the mixture of currants and golden raisins that I used (that is all that I had at the time) for a full cup of any type of fruit that you have on hand. If you like cookies with lots of taste, you'll enjoy these.
Fruit & Spice Cookies

½ cup salted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
¾ cup currants
¼ cup golden raisins
½ cup walnut halves

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Spray baking sheets with Pam, or line with parchment or a Silpat.

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and molasses. Beat on high until light and fluffy. Add egg and water, and beat to combine.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in fruits and nuts.

Using a cookie scoop, drop dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake until edges are golden brown, approximately 12 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool completely.
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Linda said...

My first thought "Mom would have loved these", but after reading I decided I would like them too - or at least after I pulled out the currants and raisins. ;) That teaspoon of cocoa powder is interesting. They don't look cloyingly sweet either - a plus in my book.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I would love these, but I am back on my diet of only 20 carbs a day, soooooooooooo I am out of luck. But I am going to print this recipe for later when I can't stand it any longer and have to bake. LOL

They look so good and I do love cookies, especially when I have my cup of sleepy time tea in the evening.

Have a great Super Bowl weekend.


sandy said...

Spice cookies are my favorite - i will definitely try these. I have a recipe for old fashioned oatmeal cookies that are some of my favorite type of cookies - haven't made them in years. By the way we made your cilantro rice the other night and had it with butter beef soft tacos with cilantro and onion lime salsa ...anyway the rice was perfect with it. The next night we put some butter beef in the rice that was left over and wow, it made a greal meal.

Miz Helen said...

I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope you have a great day and hope to see you again soon!
Miz Helen

The Charm of Home said...

These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.