Star Mincemeat Cookie Recipe

Use orange peel and zest, plus walnuts, to make this great Star Mincemeat Cookie Recipe.

| September/October 2013

  • This delicious Star Mincemeat Cookie Recipe makes the perfect cookie for a holiday gathering.
    Photo By Lori Dunn

Many of the recipes we received did not include orange or other flavoring. Jenifer-Joan Lauren, Lakebay, Washington, sends a recipe she found in the Better Home and Gardens Cookies and Candies cookbook that was published in 1968. As all good cooks do, Jenifer-Joan has made the recipe her own: “I never use shortening, which the original recipe calls for, and I substitute salted butter and leave out the salt all together. I also double the orange (peel) zest.”

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Star Mincemeat Cookie Recipe

1 1/3 cups salted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure real vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated orange peel or zest
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 to 3 tablespoons milk


1 package (9 ounces) mincemeat
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel or zest
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel or zest
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or other nuts, optional

For cookies: In large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in grated orange peel.

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