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Wintertime Baking ~ Persimmon Cookies! {Yum!}

Happy Saturday, friends! Our weekend began with a light rainstorm around 6:00am so since I was up early letting Yoda outside, I just happened to come back into the kitchen and check my four persimmons and… They were soft and ripe!!! A perfect morning to bake some persimmon cookies… :)’

Persimmon Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour AND 1 tsp. baking powder (***I used 1 cup bran + 3 cups all-purpose flour in this batch. The bran gives a nice texture to the cookie.)

1 stick butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup of persimmon pulp ~ grind skin and insides of persimmon in blender (cut off leafy tops and compost them). *** 4 persimmons makes about 2 cups of pulp

1/2 tsp. baking soda in pulp (set aside after blending together)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp’s of ground nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and salt

1 cup raisins or nuts (***I used both chopped pecans and golden raisins)

optional: 1 cup chopped dates

***This recipe doubles well and cookies can be frozen unbaked or baked.

Instructions:

Blend persimmon pulp with 1/2 tsp. baking soda per cup of pulp until creamy; set aside. Cream sugar and butter together, scraping sides and bottom to mix well. Add in the egg(s), vanilla, and pulp mixture – mix well creaming this wet mixture.

Add dry ingredients – flour(s) and blend well, then add in fruits and chopped nuts. Mix just until blended.

Drop by teaspoon/scooper onto greased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Cook slowly at about 325 deg. F to 350 degrees until golden brown on top. ***I cooked these at 335 deg. for 18 – 21 minutes. Cookies will spring back but should be thoroughly cooked on the bottoms. Add more time as necessary and begin checking at 12 minutes when using higher temps. Enjoy!!!

I shared on Instagram today that my first fiancรฉ’s mother, Belle, would bake these cookies for me a lot back in the early 1980’s. I am so glad I wrote down the recipe from her collection! And these cookies today turned out just as I remembered them… YUM!

I added chopped pecans and golden raisins and they add a nice flavor and crunch to these chewy cookies. :)’

Bunny Guinness via her YouTube channel

While each batch of cookies baked, I watched garden shows on the tele… I found Bunny Guinness recently and really like her landscaping! She is really good and creates massive landscapes for her clients across the UK. This is her home’s north garden sitting area. Just lovely!

Needless to say, today’s cookies aren’t going to last very long…

Now I wish I’d bought more persimmons! Lol!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy this recipe,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

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