Many years ago I had a neighbor that had a persimmon tree. One day he offered me several very ripe persimmons. I told him I didn’t know much about persimmons and I really didn’t know what to do with them. He told me I could make cookies or breads with them. O.K. but I still didn’t know much about persimmons. Do I chop them? Do I mash them? How does this get into the cookies? Keep in mind this was before the internet so I really didn’t have easy access to recipes using persimmons. He told me that he would get back to me.
The next day he gave me a very sketchy recipe for persimmon cookies. This recipe immediately reminded me of how my great grandma Nanny would have put together one of her recipes. The recipe seemed more like reminders of ingredients. I could tell that this was an old recipe. My neighbor said the recipe came from a lady who was 85 years old. Well, any who, I figured out the recipe and put it into a more recipe like format.
These have been one of our favorite winter time cookies. As a matter of fact I even changed the name to "Winter Cookies".
These cookies freeze well and taste even better after they have been frozen for a week or two. It gives the spices a chance to blend. Enjoy!
Winter Cookies (Persimmon Cookies)
1 cup persimmon puree
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup salted butter or margarine
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp orange juice
3 cups sifted flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cloves
1 cup chopped nuts
Raisins if desired (the original recipe didn’t give an amount. I haven’t used raisins so I can’t say how much to put in. If I did I would use golden raisins)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Thoroughly mix the persimmon puree and baking soda and let stand.
Cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
Thoroughly mix the vanilla, lemon juice, orange juice and egg into the sugar mixture.
Give the persimmon puree a few stirs with a fork (it will be very gel like) then add to the sugar mixture and mix until blended.
Sift the flour again with the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Gradually blend the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Mix until thoroughly blended. Stir in the nuts.
Drop level tbsp of dough, 2 inches apart onto a lightly greased, or parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Makes 5 dozen.
These are a perfect cookie for breakfast. They are cake-like and pair perfectly with tea or coffee.
I want to thank everyone for their get well wishes. I am feeling much better from my annual head cold. As far as head colds this one wasn't as bad as some. I was just tired.
Hugs and love too all, Sue