The month was December. The year was 1983. The place was Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. The life changing moment…the day Mr. Wonderful asked me out on our first date. This time in our life…our college days and dating days are some of my most precious memories. We were just two carefree kids loving life and planning our future together.

One of my earliest and most favorite memories was when Devin took me to meet his family for the very first time. He had told me a lot about them, his mom and dad, his crazy brother Loren and his even crazier cousins Carla and Cheryl. But the one he talked about the most was his granny, Opal Rohr, the matriarch of the Rohr family. When he spoke of her I could hear the love and admiration in his voice for this small framed, down to earth, no-nonsense Cherokee woman. He spoke of her wisdom, her calm demeanor and of course her cooking. I specifically recall the day he told me he wanted me to learn to cook like granny. I naively agreed!

At the end of my first visit to Verdigris Oklahoma, we ran by granny’s house to say good bye and give hugs and kisses. As we began to exit her little two bedroom, log home she grabbed a Christmas tin she had lovingly filled with freshly baked mincemeat cookies. I had never heard of mincemeat cookies, much less eaten one. I couldn’t imagine how they would taste!

After we got in the car, Devin quickly opened the tin and gave me my first bite of this family tradition…..and they didn’t disappoint! They were moist and full of flavor. Basically they were wonderful!

They were, and still are Devin’s all time favorite cookie.

Here’s a funny story that proves how much he loves them. On one of our visits home, granny had once again filled a tin to the rim with mincemeat cookies for Devin to take back to his dorm room. One evening, soon thereafter, he brought the tin to my dorm lobby for us to snack on while we studied together. When he opened the tin we were both surprised to see that a colony of little black ants had beat us to the punch! Devin said, “aw man! Stupid ants!”, then he preceded to pick one up, blow the ants off and eat it! I just sat there with my mouth gapped open. “gross!” I said, “you’re gonna eat them after the ants have been on them?” He just looked at me with a puzzled look and said, “a little ol’ ant ain’t gonna hurt nothin’, I just blow them off” then he ate another one!

Many years have come and gone since then, and Granny has gone on to be with the Lord but her mincemeat cookies are alive and well in the Rohr household.

Over the years I have had people ask me for the recipe so I thought I would post it for all to enjoy.

You may be thinking, just the sound of meat in my cookies makes me want to hurl! Now I’m gonna tell you, my readers, the same thing I tell my kids and their friends. Don’t you dare turn up your nose at my food until you have tried it! If you try it and find you don’t like it….then you can turn your nose up till Jesus comes back!! Just try it!

Here’s what you will need:

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package None Such condensed mincemeat, crumbled.

In a large mixing bowl cream together shortening and sugar with electric mixer.

Add eggs and beat well.

Hint: always break your eggs in a separate bowl just in case a piece of shell falls in you can easily fish it out.

Stir together dry ingredients and gradually add to shortening mixture. Mix well.

Now is time to add the mincemeat

It will look like a block

You will need to crumble it with your fingers or a fork

Add to dough and mix well

Using a cookie scoop, place cookies two inches apart

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes

Hope you enjoy these as much as our family has. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go and make me a batch now!

If you’re having a hard time finding the condensed mincemeat, go to www.eaglenonsuch.com and search for a dealer near you. Also look around this site for more mincemeat recipes! Great stuff for the holidays!