Saturday, December 8, 2007

Persimmon Cookie Recipe

Perhaps you have a Christmas holiday cookie, cake, bread, etc. that you would like to share -- just put the recipe in a comment to this post. This Medovnik Cake Recipe (Medovnik: Czech Honey Cake) is one great example of sharing a valued recipe.

Christmas holiday family traditions can be strong threads woven into the fabric of our lives and others. There was a time when I had two living grandmothers; a somewhat normal happy circumstance. Also, right up there on the happiness scale, they both would make Persimmon cookies during the Christmas holidays.

As Christmas holiday family traditions go, this one has endured. My mother has also made the Persimmon cookies for years. My wife recently baked a beautiful batch -- and there are more of the orange fruits gently decaying into proper ripeness in our kitchen right now. This hand-me-down Persimmon Cookie Recipe is respectfully shared here, possibly into your Christmas holiday family traditions.
Persimmon Cookie Recipe

1 cup Persimmon pulp
1 tsp soda powder

1 cup butter (or margarine) -- or 1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
optional: 1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup walnuts (chopped)
1 cup raisins (moist -- soften a few minutes in hot water)
optional: 3/4 cup dates (chopped)
Dissolve soda powder in Persimmon pulp; set aside.

Cream sugar and butter (or margarine) -- or shortening.
Add egg and vanilla.

Sift flour with balance of dry ingredients.
Add nuts, raisins, dates, and Persimmon pulp mixture.

Space teaspoon-sized clumps of dough on a lightly greased (or sprayed) cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 20 minutes. After baking, and while cooling, the cookies should have a somewhat moist chewy texture.

Enjoy several, as they are cooling, with a large glass of milk