I seem to have a problem posting recipes as much as I did in the past. In the past, I would try and post a couple times a week. That is a pretty intense schedule. Now I post two or three times a month. I don't have a problem with that, but I now have a backlog of food pictures.
I may need to start making old recipes again so I don't feel compelled to take pictures. I took a break from making Thai food because I had made so many Thai curries. I guess I need to pull out a few of my favorites and make them again.
I made these bar cookies over the holidays. I was at the grocery store, and they had a jar of mincemeat pie filling. I had never seen such an item before so I bought it. I made these bar cookies and another cookie recipe. Next time I will actually make a mincemeat pie.
I found the mincemeat bar cookie recipe on a website called What's Cooking America. The recipe called for orange zest, but I used orange extract instead. I didn't add walnuts or pecans either. I didn't have orange zest, walnuts, or pecans.
The ingredients are 1 cup all purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoon molasses, 1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup prepared mincemeat, 1/2 teaspoon golden raisins, and about 1/4 of a cup of confectioners sugar.
I whisked together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
In another bowl, I beat together the brown sugar, molasses, and egg.
I beat in one teaspoon of orange extract and the vanilla extract.
I mixed in the mincemeat and golden raisins.
I then slowly mixed in the flour mixture. I poured the batter into a greased and floured 13 by 9 inch baking pan. I baked the bars for 25 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
For the glaze I mixed about a half of a teaspoon of orange extract and about 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar together.
Once the bars were cooked and cooled, I drizzled on the glaze.
I cut them it dainty squares. I ate some and gave some away.
These were delightful cookies. They were spicy, warm, and inviting.
There was a subtle citrus flavor as well with the orange extract. They were a perfect holiday treat.