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Cookie Traditions

Addison Christmas 2013

Traditions are what bind us together across the generations. They are the ties that connect us to our ancestors. Food is the strongest of these traditions especially during the holidays. The celebrations would be incomplete without great-grandma’s Dutch apple pie or auntie’s sweet potato casserole.
In my family, we’ve combined cookie traditions from both sides of our heritage. Great-grandma Shirley’s recipe for Cherry Bars is from my late-husband’s side of the family. And great-grandma Margaret’s recipe for mincemeat bars is from mine. They are as much a part of our family holiday traditions as a colorfully lit Christmas tree complete with brightly wrapped presents and a big family dinner.

Cherry Bars
Pastry Crust:
1 cup flour                                             ½ cup butter
3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Filling:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2 eggs                                                     1 c granulated sugar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ¼ cup flour                                          1/2 teaspoon baking powder                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1/4 teaspoon vanilla                           ¾ c chopped walnuts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ½ cup flaked coconut                          ½ cup quartered maraschino cherries

DIRECTIONS: Pastry Crust – Mix together flour and confectioners’ sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender. Spread evenly in the bottom of a 8 x 8 x 2 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Filling – Stir together flour, sugar and baking powder. Beat eggs and add to flour mixture along with vanilla. Add walnuts, coconut and maraschino cherries. Spread over warm pastry crust. Bake an additional 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and cut into bars.


9 ounce package instant                                       14 ounce can sweetened
condensed mincemeat                                            condensed milk
½ cup butter, softened                                       1 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon milk                                               2/3 cup crushed cornflakes
1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda

DIRECTIONS: Crumble mincemeat into a saucepan. Add condensed milk. Cook and stir until thickened, about five minutes. Remove from heat. Cream butter with brown sugar and one tablespoon of milk until fluffy. Stir in cornflakes, flour and baking soda. Mix well. Put half of the crumb mixture into an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Carefully spread with mincemeat mixture. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.




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