December 23, 2006

It's Fruitcake Weather!

Well, maybe not fruitcake weather. (Does anybody even eat fruitcake?) Every Christmas (for at least the past 20 years) I make a couple of batches of Shortbread cookies. The recipe is very easy and I can get anywhere between 12-13 dozen cookies from a single batch (ideal for those Christmas Cookie tins/plates I like to give to neighbors and friends).

I originally discovered these delicious little bit-size cookies in 1972. My mom had made several dozen for a holiday open house and my brother and I just happened to find them in the basement freezer. I'm not sure how many we ate on the sly, but they
are quite addictive, especially when chilled. Hmmm, I hope I did a good job hiding my stash this year!


  1. Those look scrumptious! My mom used to make something similar so it brings back memories.
    Have a very Merry Christmas, Les! :)

  2. I like Christmas fruit cake. Don't eat it the rest of the year but love it at Christmas! Strange huh?

  3. My mother-in-law made the most WONDERFUL white fruitcake. God, I miss it and wish I'd asked for the recipe before it was too late.

    Merry Christmas, Les!

  4. Ooooooo, what lovely-looking cookies, Les and I'm sure they taste delicious, too ( I will make a batch between Christmas and the New Year) I'm almost embarrassed to say that apart from a batch of fudge and Coconut ice, I haven't made any Christmas sweets :( My mom sent us some traditional Indian Christmas sweets, so I got lazy! :)

    Speaking of fruit cake, I love it! My friend, beenzzz, posted a recipe for Guyanese Black Cake recently and it looks soooo good and very,very potent! :)

    Wishing you and Rod and all your family a truly wonderful Christmas, Les. May you know joy, peace and much happiness this wonderful season.

  5. Fruitcake is actually quite popular in Newfoundland, especially as it's tradition to have at least one layer of your wedding cake to be that type (mine was cherry - yum!) But I'm not a big fan of regular fruitcake.

    And I second tanabata's comments. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  6. Nat - These are so easy and absolutely delicious. I had far too many yesterday. It seems like all I've eaten for the past 24 hours is cookies and Rugelach with a little bit of turkey and mashed potatoes. It's probably no wonder I'm craving a nice green salad today.

    Marg - You know, I've never actually tried fruitcake. Might just have to make one next year and give it a taste. :)

    Jenclair - I'm sorry you don't have your mother-in-law's recipe. Maybe that will be my mission for next Christmas -- to find the best, most-edible fruitcake and make one for each and every friend. ;)

    Lotus - Aren't they pretty cookies? And, oh, so easy! I didn't bake nearly as much as I usually do for the holidays. We were gone for one weekend in December and that really makes a difference to how much I was able to accomplish. Thanks for the info about your friend's cake. I'll have to take a peek at the recipe. And thank you for the warm wishes for a joyful Christmas.

    Lesley - I didn't know about the tradition of wedding cakes and fruitcake. I would've have picked cherry, too.

  7. Pretty!

    I used to have to sell fruitcake for an annual fundraiser -- for high school band -- and everyone said the same thing, "I hate that stuff, but I always buy it to support the school." It really surprised me to find out some people do actually eat fruitcake and enjoy it, but I'm sure fresh is a lot better than mass-produced.

    Sorry I haven't visited in a while! The guys are dominating my time and it's getting even more difficult to blog hop. Raspberries to Blogger. ;) Happy New Year a little early!!

  8. Nancy - Yah, I think the only way I'd be willing to try fruit cake is to sample one that's homemade and not mass-produced! Good to see you posting again. Hope things settle down around your house once the holidays are all over. I'm getting anxious to dive into my first "chunkster."


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