I made homemade mincemeat (with NO meat--just fresh and dried fruits, spices, and booze) to make a pie, but that only used half the batch. So I decided to try this recipe and take the cookies to a holiday swap. I followed the directions for the most part, though I added a teaspoon of vanilla to the dough, and also swapped out vanilla for the rum extract in the frosting, as the mincemeat was plenty boozy. The cookies are tender and cakey, and the frosting is very tasty. My only criticism was that I boiled the frosting for about seven minutes, but the finished product was grainy like a soft praline. Using a regular cookie scoop, I got exactly 70 cookies. That should be plenty for the cookie swap tomorrow, but I think I will call them fruitcake cookies, as "mincemeat" might scare people. Thanks for the excellent recipe!
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I made homemade mincemeat (with NO meat--just fresh and dried fruits, spices, and booze) to...