1 14.5-ounce jar prepared mincemeat
ROLL pie crust dough to 1/8-inch thickness on floured surface.
CUT equal number of 3-inch and 2-inch circles of dough using tart or biscuit cutter or glass.
TUCK larger circles into tart pans.
ADD 1 tablespoon mincemeat to bottom crusts.
DIP a finger in water and run it around the edges of the crust.
COVER bottom crusts with smaller crust circles and pinch edges to seal.
MIX beaten egg and 1 tablespoon water.
BRUSH egg mixture on tarts.
BAKE at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until done. Time will vary according to the size of tins.
Chocolate Nut Drops
Yield: 5 to 6 dozen
1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 squares (3 ounces) baking chocolate, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts
@recipe dir: SPOON flour into dry measuring cup. Level off and pour flour into a small bowl.
ADD soda and salt to flour and stir to blend.
CREAM sugar, shortening, cocoa, eggs and vanilla.
ADD blended dry mixture, alternately with milk, to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts.
DROP by teaspoons onto greased baking sheets.
BAKE at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
COOL and ice with chocolate or vanilla icing.
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons light cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
BLEND cocoa and melted butter together. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
For Vanilla Icing, omit cocoa and increase powdered sugar to 2 cups.
Holiday Fruit Drops
Yield: 8 dozen
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup buttermilk, or 7 tablespoons milk mixed with 2 teaspoons vinegar
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups halved candied cherries
2 cups chopped pitted dates
SIFT flour with baking soda and salt.
MIX shortening, sugar and eggs until creamy.
BLEND in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.
STIR in pecans, cherries and dates.
REFRIGERATE at least one hour.
DROP cooled cookie dough by teaspoon on greased cookie sheet two inches apart.
BAKE in 375-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.