Mark the new year with old favorites

  • By JudyRae Kruse Herald Columnist
  • Friday, December 28, 2012 3:48pm
  • Life

When the clock bongs 12 times tonight, we’ll see the finish of this long hard old year, and gear up to greet a whole new one.

If a plate of sweet finishes or starts to 2012 or 2013 sounds like a great idea, as the case may be with your New Year’s celebration plans, we have two choices today. Both are old, dating back to the Dec. 19, 1986, Forum column, but they’re always good as new, whenever you make them.

The first, a pumpkin-chocolate chip cookie, is so popular at the Lynnwood home of Sandy Grabosky-Jones that she always makes a double batch in the hopes she’ll have enough to last more than one day.

“When I put out a plate of holiday cookies,” she said at the time, “these always disappear first.”

Incidentally, I’ve been told, but can’t verify myself, that these can be stored airtight and frozen, and eaten straight from the freezer!

Or, if something not too sweet is in order, Suzanne Ramsey of Greenbank suggests serving her apricot chews.

Back then, she told us, “These are not very sweet, a good idea for holiday cookies,” and warned us that the chews should be watched closely during baking because they burn easily.

So, to see out the old or welcome in the new, here are:

Pumpkin-chocolate chip cookies

1 1/2cups pumpkin

1/2 cup margarine, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 egg

2 cups unsifted flour

1 teaspoon each baking soda and baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 package (6 ounces) chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, margarine, sugars and vanilla, mixing well.

Stir in walnuts and egg. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; add to sugar mixture, mixing thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees 12 to 14 minutes.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Apricot chews

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

2 cups flaked coconut

Dash salt

1 cup finely chopped dried apricots

In a medium bowl, blend together the sweetened condensed milk, coconut, salt and apricots, mixing well.

Shape mixture into 24 balls and arrange on greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, watching closely because these burn easily.

Makes 2 dozen.

The next Forum will appear in Wednesday’s Good Life section. Until then, have a sparkling finish to 2012 and the beginning of 2013.

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