My family loves persimmons, but once they get a little overripe, they end up in the compost. My friend’s grandmother’s recipe for persimmon cookies is an excellent way to use up those old persimmons.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 2 to 3 persimmons
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
In the blender, pulp the persimmons. Combine with baking soda and let sit for five minutes.
Combine in small bowl:
- 2 1/4 cup flour (I use 1 1/4 cup unbleached white with 1 cup whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a separate, large bowl beat:
- 1 cup Sucanat or brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 beaten egg
Continue to beat adding the persimmon pulp and flour. Then add:
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup walnuts
Spoon onto an ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 15 minutes.
Makes at least two dozen cookies!
I didn’t think much of this recipe when I first read it and was making it. I was not impressed when I pulled the cookies out of the oven. I was pleasantly surprised when I took that first bite! These cookies are delicious and a welcome, healthy additions to Christmas cookies! Don’t forget organic ingredients are a must.