Currant Cookies & Thanksgiving

Stacks of cookiesThis weekend is my absolute favourite holiday – Canadian Thanksgiving.

It’s about giving thanks for the harvest, which is truly in it’s prime in October.  I love it because it is the one holiday of the year in this country that isn’t wrapped up in commercialism.  Oh it’s there alright, but it’s minimal compared to Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s and the mother of all commercial holidays, Christmas.  There’s no gift buying frenzy… it’s just good food, family, and friends.  I’m all over that!

I have two turkey dinners to go to this weekend and tomorrow I’m going to make fresh homemade bread which one must have to eat the turkey sandwiches.  Actually… ok… here’s what it comes down to.  I love Thanksgiving specifically for the leftover turkey sandwiches.  We could skip the whole dinner thing and go straight to the sandwiches.  I’m totally cool with that.  Totally.

And so, even though it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, other than I’ll be eating them,  I’ll leave you with a recipe for one of my all time favourite cookies that I’ve been making since I was a teenager.  What hostess wouldn’t love you showing up with a little box of these for after dinner treats?  They’re packed with itty bitty currants and are so soft and chewy that you can’t possibly eat just one.  Go on, I dare you…

Close up of cookies

That’s it for me.  I’m taking a very needed computer break this long weekend starting right now.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Currant Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups currants
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. cream butter until very light and fluffy
  3. beat in both sugars and keep beating till the mixture returns to fluffy
  4. add eggs and lemon juice and mix till blended in
  5. in a separate bowl sift together flour and salt
  6. add flour mixture to butter mixture until well mixed
  7. add currants and stir in by hand if you're using an electric mixture
  8. drop by heaping teaspoon onto a prepped baking sheet
  9. bake for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges
Notes
I like to wash my currants before mixing in as they tend to be very sticky with their natural sugars crystalizing. Just rinse the in a colander and pat dry with paper towel

 

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2 Responses to Currant Cookies & Thanksgiving

  1. Paula October 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM #

    What a nice post! I love hot turkey sandwiches with home fries and like you, can skip the Thanksgiving feast and get right to the leftovers. In fact, I have roasted a turkey just for the sole purpose of having all the meat for sandwiches.

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you for sharing this cookie recipe. They do look great!

  2. Renee October 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

    Happy Thanksgiving Melissa! Your cookies look great, and I too adore turkey buns. My mom always sends home little care packages. Yes, almost 40 and still spoiled :) Enjoy your weekend!

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