On a recent trip to Ireland, we stopped at a gas station, looking for things to help us pass the time as we drove from Dublin to Galway, east coast to west coast, it takes TWO hours. We picked up a five euro CD set of the Rat Pack classics, some mixed nuts, and a little package that said “Fitness.” This Irish cookie seemed like a great car snack. In Poland we often see cereals or bread labeled at Fitness. I assumed the little package would have some kind of whole grain cookie or crackers, but I wasn’t wearng my glasses.
In better light, I could see that the package said “Fifteens.” What on earth? The little bars had pink and white marshmallows and maraschino cherries – not exactly the fitness snack I’d been expecting, but we enjoyed them nevertheless.
Subsequent stops at Irish gas stations offered us homemade fifteens. We’d really stumbled onto something here.
I had to google the name to look for a recipe. Apparently, this is a Irish cookie that everyone’s Irish granny used to make. When you see the ingredients, you’ll know where the name comes from. I’m already planning my next batch which I will bill as gourmet fifteens – brandy soaked cherries, homemade marshmallows, and maybe some chocolate.
15 marshmallows (pink and white), quartered
15 glace cherries, halved
15 Digestive biscuits, crushed
150 ml sweetened condensed milk (about 2/3 cup)
- In a bowl, combine the marshmallows, cherries, and biscuit crumbs
- Stir in enough sweetened condensed milk to make everything stick together with a paste like texture
- Sprinkle plastic wrap or foil with coconut
- Scrap the dough onto the coconut covered wrap and shape into a log or a flat rectangle
- Making sure all sides of the dough are covered in coconut, wrap tightly and refrigerate for several hours
- Slice into fifteen cookies
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.