Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Spicy Pear Cookies

One of my longtime yoga students makes about 20 varieties of cookies each year for the holidays. For the past several years, she has brought a platter of cookies, just before Christmas, to share at the end of class. A long time ago she made a pear cookie that I absolutely loved. The recipe is lost, so now we are trying to find something like it. So I found this one on and asked Abel to help me make it, so he would stop hammering the fridge with the ice cream scoop and using the kitchen tongs to pinch my legs!

This recipe seems pretty uninteresting, but take my word -- the cookies are very good. They were a huge hit with everyone last night after dinner.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 pear - peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350.

Beat together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger, then mix into batter. Stir in pears, raisins and walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool.

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