This recipe was handed down to me by my Great-Grandmother.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • Cream together brown sugar and shortening.

  • Add in egg and mincemeat and mix well. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda and stir into mincemeat mixture.

  • Drop onto cookie sheet and bake 7 - 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

315 calories; 12.7 g total fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 215 mg sodium. 49.3 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2004
These cookies were very easy to make. They turned out moist and light. The taste was great.And they were also very much like those my grandmother used to make. Perfect treat for a cool fall or winter day. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2011
As you can see in my picture I topped each cookie with a pecan half and added a cup of chopped pecans to the dough (because almost everything is better with pecans). I made this recipe for my 83-year-old uncle who was a country butcher (as well as my grandfather). He gave me the family's commercial recipe for authentic mincemeat last year and I wanted him to sample my efforts some of which was frozen. I had a 1# pack of homemade mincemeat in the freezer so that's what I added instead of the 2 c. All in all I wish I would have added more cinnamon and nutmeg and maybe salt too as another reviewer suggested because they were a little bland--certainly nowhere near the punch you get from a hot pie after Christmas dinner. I love the texture of the cookies and I'm sure they'll ship well to uncle. Note I made a glaze of confec. sugar and Southern Comfort. I added about 1/4 cup of SoCo to the dough as well. Read More
(12)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2004
These cookies were very easy to make. They turned out moist and light. The taste was great.And they were also very much like those my grandmother used to make. Perfect treat for a cool fall or winter day. Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2004
These cookies were very easy to make. They turned out moist and light. The taste was great.And they were also very much like those my grandmother used to make. Perfect treat for a cool fall or winter day. Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
My Mother always made mincemeat cookies for Christmas years ago but when I asked her for the recipe she hadn't saved it. This recipe is very similar and I really enjoyed making these cookies. It was a simple recipe and the cookies are really wonderful. Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2009
A nice chewy tasty cookie. After making the first 2 doz found that they were a little bland. Spicing it up with a bit of cloves/allspice or cinnamon would be good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2008
old fashioned flavor yummy. tastes like Fall:) We added walnuts and it was great good without them too;) Thanks for the recipe. We'll make it again Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2004
Easy to make. I think the recipe needs 1/2 t salt. Make 1 sheet and taste for yourself. I added more salt to the dough for second batch and they tasted better. I also sprinkled them with cinanamon powdered sugar after baking to dress them up a bit! Overall the family liked them. I would reccomend these as good Christmas cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
Great Recipe! Tweeked it a bit. I added 1/2 teaspoon each of cloves cinnamin and allspice. I also added walnuts and peacans. My family says they don't like mincemeat but they ate these because they taste alot like gingerbread cookies. They stay moist and cake like. Reduce heat to about 410 if possilbe. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2006
I think they were great! I made a little icing with half the batch. but other wise very tasty. I tried also another batch with chopped walnuts for a little texture. Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2011
As you can see in my picture I topped each cookie with a pecan half and added a cup of chopped pecans to the dough (because almost everything is better with pecans). I made this recipe for my 83-year-old uncle who was a country butcher (as well as my grandfather). He gave me the family's commercial recipe for authentic mincemeat last year and I wanted him to sample my efforts some of which was frozen. I had a 1# pack of homemade mincemeat in the freezer so that's what I added instead of the 2 c. All in all I wish I would have added more cinnamon and nutmeg and maybe salt too as another reviewer suggested because they were a little bland--certainly nowhere near the punch you get from a hot pie after Christmas dinner. I love the texture of the cookies and I'm sure they'll ship well to uncle. Note I made a glaze of confec. sugar and Southern Comfort. I added about 1/4 cup of SoCo to the dough as well. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2003
These were pretty close to my own Grandmother's. Read More
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