Every year the persimmon tree branches bend to the ground from the weight of the heavy fruit they bear. When the persimmons peak with their deep orange colors, the whole tree looks like an autumn-decorated Christmas tree. This is also one of the trees that the birds enjoy feasting on. Their keen sense of smell allows them to always beat us to the ripest fruit on the tree. If we want to get to it first, we have to wake up early in the morning to pick the fruit that has ripened overnight. This is another of our favorite fruit desserts—it’s very simple and makes great use of supersoft ripe persimmon flesh. These are gloriously soft, moist cookies; the recipe was passed on from Todd’s grandmother’s recipe cards. Cranberries would be an excellent substitute for the raisins, and chocolate chips are another great addition—both suggestions from Todd’s mom.
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