CHRISTMAS CHEER OR WHISKEY COOKIES 2 sticks butter, softened 1/2 c. brown sugar 3 eggs 3 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 c. whiskey 1 c. chopped walnuts or slivered almonds 1 c. raisins or dates or glazed fruit
Cream together butter and sugar; add eggs and beat until mixed. Stir in flour mixed with baking soda. When flour is incorporated, add remaining ingredients. Mix as little as possible to avoid tough cookies.
Drop onto parchment sheets and bake in a preheated 350°F degree oven until edges are golden. Remove and cool on wire racks. Store in airtight container.
Note: Cookies may be made with or without nuts, raisins, Craisins, currants, etc. Pistachios and Macadamia nuts are a nice addition. Amaretto, Strega (Galliano) or Italian Walnut flavor liqueur may be substituted for the whiskey. There is no need for extracts when using alcohol as flavorings. Don't worry about the alcohol unless you have an allergy; most of it evaporates in the baking and during storage. Most flavoring extracts also contain alcohol.