Day 121 Fruit Kisses

I decided to make Addie M. Weaver’s Fruit Kisses as a sort of valentine to myself since today was a difficult day.  These cookies are a treat for me made using  the 1906 Berlin Cook Book.

Beating four eggs is good therapy when upset –  so is chopping wood by the way. Once the egg whites were stiff I added the sugar. I chopped 1 cup of dates which was about 1/2 a pound. I added 1 cup of chopped walnuts too. I forgot to add the vanilla. I spooned the fluffy mixture in blobs onto a greased cookie sheet and baked for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Addie M. Weaver appears as Ada May Weaver in the 1901 census and as Addy M Weaver in the 1911 census. In 1901 she lives with her parents and two brothers. By the 1911 census she’s 28 years old living with her parents at 17 Ahrens St. E., and listed just above Meda Oberlander who contributed a number of recipes to the cook book. Addie’s father is an accountant but she doesn’t appear to have any paid work. They are Methodist and German heritage although her father’s background is listed as Dutch.

These treats  are interesting. They are essentially a meringue and I like meringue. I think adding some cream of tartar would help them maintain their shape. Mine spread out all over. They can be difficult to remove from the pan so greasing or parchment paper is a must. With a little tweaking this could be a very nice dessert.

The whites of 4 eggs, beat to a stiff froth, 2 cups of white sugar, 1/2 pound dates, 1/2 pound walnuts cut fine, a little vanilla. Bake in a moderate oven, put on bottom of pan and grease it.

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