Cream Cheese Mincemeat Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine
1 large package (8 oz.) cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
About 3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup prepared mincemeat
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
In a food processor or with a mixer, whirl or beat butter, cream cheese, and ‘/2 cup sugar until smoothly blended. Thoroughly mix in 3 cups flour. Cover and chill dough until firm enough to handle, about 1 hour.
On a floured board, roll half the dough (keep remainder cold) Vs inch thick. Cut into 21/2-inch rounds with a floured cutter; place rounds slightly
apart on 2 ungreased 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. Reroll scraps and cut.
Combine mincemeat and peel; drop Vi teaspoon of mixture in center of each round. Fold each round over filling and press edges to seal.
Bake in a 375° oven until golden, 18 to 20 minutes; if using 1 oven, switch pan positions after 10 minutes.
Transfer a few hot cookies at a time to a paper or plastic bag with remaining sugar; shake to coat well. Cool on racks. Repeat to use remaining dough and filling. Serve, or store airtight up to 2 days or freeze. Makes about 5 dozen.
Per cookie: 87 cal. (47 percent from fat); 1 g protein; 4.5 g fat (2.8 g sat); 11 g carbo.; 53 mg sodium; 12 rag chol.
Choose low-moisture, high-starch potatoes such as russet or Idaho. For crisp fries, wash the cut, uncooked strips in several batches of cold water until the water is clear. However, for the crispiest fries, we found the double-fry method hard to beat. Frying strips twice in the same oil at different temperatures gives you fries like no others. This recipe, using the double-fry method, received our highest rating.
MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS
PREP: 30 MIN., FRY: 7 MIN. PER BATCH
Potatoes cut into strips are the crispiest of the potato shapes.
4 pounds russet or Idaho potatoes, peeled
Vegetable oil Salt to taste
CUT potatoes into 1/2-inch-wide strips.
POUR vegetable oil to a depth of 4 inches in a Dutch oven, and heat to 325°. Fry potato strips, in batches, until lightly golden, but not brown, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Drain strips on paper towels. HEAT oil to 375°. Fry strips, in small batches, until golden brown and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per batch. Drain on clean paper towels. Sprinkle with salt, and serve immediately.
CRINKLE-CUT FRIES: Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch-wide strips with a waffle cutter. Fry as directed.
WAFFLE CHIPS: Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch-thick slices with a waffle cutter. Fry as directed.