Persimmon Ginger Holiday Cookies
Note: This recipe was submitted by Diana Johnson to the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle's Ultimate Holiday Cookie Contest.
When I imagine holiday cookies I think of soft, chewy, and delightfully spicy persimmon cookies. As a small child in North Carolina we had a bounty of persimmon trees in our back yards. I would pretend to be a pioneer who only had the food I could gather to eat. I'd collect as many persimmons as I could and scoop out their flesh. I'd eat it until I was a sticky mess, and we would puree the rest and freeze it. A couple weeks later we would use the puree to make cookies and we'd give them out when we Christmas caroled friends and neighbors. I don't know the exact recipe we used, but I've recently created my own version that brings back so many fun childhood memories. I can't wait to pass it along to my children one day.