Auntie Mae's Christmas (and Solstice, Too) Cookies

Introduction: Auntie Mae's Christmas (and Solstice, Too) Cookies

About: Jack of all trades, master of a couple. Eclectic interests combined with a short attention span make me just knowledgeable enough to be really dangerous.

Being an Instructable on the topic of baking, in which the secret holiday cookie recipe created by RavingWife's distant ancestor "Auntie Mae" is divulged for the whole internet to see. And there was much rejoicing.

Seriously, this is the best cookie ever. Make some.

Step 1: You Will Need

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (aka 2 sticks or 1/2 pound) unsalted butter
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda (not baking powder)
1 cup crushed pineapple - drained
1 cup maraschino cherries - drained and chopped
1/2 cup green candied cherries
1 cup nuts - slivered almonds work very well
1/2 cup amarretto liqueur (optional)
1 cup raisins, figs, or other dried fruit (optional)

NOTE: This is a very forgiving recipe. Feel free to adjust amounts and ingredients to suit your own tastes. More or fewer cherries, different nuts, another kind of liquor - go crazy. It'll turn out fine.

Step 2: Prep the Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Drain the excess juice from the pineapple, reserving it for later use. Drain and reserve the marachino cherry juice as well. Roughly chop the maraschino cherries and the green candied cherries using the chopping method of your choice. I like the food processor. because I'm lazy.

Step 3: Assemble the Batter

In a large bowl, cream together the sugar, butter and eggs with an electric mixer. Add the flour and baking soda and mix well until a stiff batter forms. Add the amaretto too, if you're using it.** If the batter is too stiff, add some of the reserved pineapple or cherry juice (or more amaretto). If the batter is too runny, mix in a little more flour.
Fold in the remaining ingredients until well combined.

** By all accounts, Auntie Mae was a very sweet and proper little old lady who is probably spinning in her grave like a Buttered Cat Array at the thought of liquor being used in her cookie recipe. All I can tell you is that it is a very tasty addition, and the vengeful shade of Auntie Mae has yet to show up at House Raving to exact her gruesome revenge. YMMV. You have been warned.

Step 4: Make Cookie Blobs and Bake Them

Drop the batter by rounded spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove and cool on a rack. Repeat until you run out of cookie batter. Cookies will be soft and cakelike. Makes about 5 dozen, depending on how large you make your cookie blobs.

Here at House Raving, we celebrate both Christmas and the Winter Solstice, so we go through a lot of cookies. A lot. 5 dozen is a good start, though.

Step 5: Om Nom Nom Nom....

They go quite well with milk. Or eggnog, or cider, or mulled wine.

Happy Religious-Or-Secular-Holiday-Celebrated-On-Or-About-The-Winter-Solstice of your choice, everybody!

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    7 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    OMG!  You and your son are so adorable!  These cookies look delish!

    DeKuyper makes the best generic liqueurs in my opinion, and with liqueur, it's rarely necessary to go top shelf unless it's one of the very few ingredients, again, in my opinion.

    I'd probably use dried cherries and pineapple for the texture, but I still love the recipe!  Good job!

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! They are addictive cookies. I'm not sure why, but everybody seems to love them more than one would expect just from the recipe on paper.
    I'm totally with you on the liqueur thing. No reason to use the high-end stuff except in very specific applications like those frou-frou layered drinks. For cookies, the cheap stuff works just fine.
    If you decide to try this, I'd recommend keeping the crushed pineapple in addition to the dried. It seems to help bind the batter, and adds an interesting texture of its own.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Now that you mention it, I was at the grocery store the other day and I noticed that they were selling these big tubs full of mixed candied fruit. "Fruitcake Fruit Blend" I think it was called, in a stunning display of redundancy. Two kinds of cherries, pineapple, maybe dates or raisins, too.
    I thought something like that would be a great thing to try in the cookies, mostly 'cuz it's already chopped up and so I wouldn't have to wash the food processor.
    RavingWife, being something more of a Auntie Mae Cookie traditionalist than yours truly, vetoed the idea. But she won't always be at the store with me.... BWAHhahahahaha!!! (I'm working on my evil laugh).


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Well, you could always say you're making a different recipe, which is sorta true.  I can understand the traditionalists because when you expect something to be one way, it always tastes bad when it doesn't taste that same way - it doesn't matter whether or not it would taste good if you hadn't had those expectations.  Like having a hamburger in Italy.  Not good.

    So call it something other than Auntie Mae's Cookies.  ; )