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Yes, Mennonite girls can make New Year’s Cookies

This tasty donut like treat is a bit of a project to make, but well worth the time and effort.

This recipe is not on the top of  my healthy foods list, but is a family favorite that comes around only once a year.

There’s something about tradition that speaks it’s own language.

New Year's Cookies

New Year’s Cookies

(AKA fritters or Portselkje)

  • Dissolve 1 tsp. sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. Sprinkle 1 pkg. dry yeast (.25 ounce) on water and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Add 3 cups warm water
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter melted
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups raisins or more
  • Stir in enough flour to make a fairly thick batter.  Let rise until double in bulk. (I use light Rye flour)
  • Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil. The batter will sink to the bottom and rise to the top.
  • Flip once
  • When golden brown scoop the cookies out of the hot oil and place onto a paper towel or drip tray.
  • Roll in icing sugar if desired.
The key is to have the oil hot enough so that it does not soak into the batter. (about 375F or 190C)
A couple of years ago, our son made New Year’s Cookies for a New Year’s Eve party.
Being innovative, he stuck a chocolate square into the centre of each cookie.
Needless to say, the cookies were a big hit.

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