Mincemeat Cookies from Becky (recipe)

Becky had a unique opportunity this year – a local radio station, KGO, asked listeners to nominate their favorite cookies with a story and have the opportunity to participate on-air in the annual cookie contest. She was psyched, having found a wonderful recipe perfect for sharing.

Then last week, the night before she was scheduled to deliver 100 cookies, she got the call that the KGO owners had fired most of the on-air talent and the cookie contest was off. You can read about those changes and the impact to the long running radio personalities here.

In the meantime, Becky had all these cookies, with a story, with no place to go. Naturally, I offered her the platform of Kitchen Gadget Girl to tell her story. We don’t actually have staff to fire. Convenient.

We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, but have a cottage on a small lake in Pennsylvania where we spend a good portion of each summer. While there, I love to scour the countryside for auctions, estate sales and antique stores. A number of years ago, I bought a box of kitchen items at an estate sale. Inside the box, stuffed between an angel food cake pan and vintage tin icing tubes, I found a large zip lock bag full of an old woman’s recipe collection. Some of the recipes were clipped from old newspapers or magazines. Most were handwritten. Between the recipes, I found little notes that Mrs. Stull, the woman, had saved. One read, “I put some cream in the ice box. I came over to help with cookies or candy. If you need any help let me know. – Mom.” I was so saddened to think of an entire recipe collection being discarded in the effort to clear out a house at an estate sale. Periodically, I look through the recipes and choose one to make. I feel like it’s a little way to pay tribute to this woman I never met. All of the recipes are for old-fashioned type cookies and candies, things you remember your grandmother making. Even my kids love these Mincemeat Cookies.

Mrs. Stull’s Mincemeat Refrigerator Cookies


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup mincemeat (I use Crosse & Blackwell from Draegers)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon).
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Add flour mixture gradually (it will seem really dry at this point, but don’t worry), then add lemon rind, vanilla, mincemeat and chopped nuts.
  3. Shape into two 1 1/2” diameter rolls. Wrap in waxed paper and chill.
  4. Slice thin and bake on un-greased baking sheet in preheated 375 degree oven. Cool on cooling rack.

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Recipe by Gudrun Enger.
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One comment

  1. I love this story. Go, Becky!

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