Monday, May 16, 2011

Gingersnaps

Item ThumbnailMy grandmother was known for a few specific dishes in our family: her Cherry Soup, her carmel corn, and her Gingersnap cookies.
When Travis was 8 months old he tasted his first gingersnap when we were visiting at Gram's house.  He only had a couple of teeth at the time, so it was eaten more by sucking on it than anything else. To this day they are one of his favorite cookies.




To make Gram's cookies you will need:

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 tsp. salt
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cream together, add 1 egg and 4 Tb. dark molasses

sift together:
2 1/4 cup flour, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Item Thumbnail   Item Thumbnail

Blend well.
Put the dough on a sheet of waxed paper, flatten it, and refrigerate for a couple or hours or overnight.
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Form into balls about the size of a walnut.


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Roll in granulated sugar and bake at 375 about 10-12 minutes.






If you want "dunkers" then cook for 15 minutes.
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Gram also notes in her recipe:

"Watch so they do not burn, as molasses tends to do this."

Travis is now old enough to make Gram's cookies by himself, but he prefers to ask me to do it.  As is the custom, the dough is often "taste tested."  I don't condone this, but it has been known to happen.

We love Gram's cookies. My mom and I love to make them during Christmas, but they also are made whenever Travis asks for them.  Arliss prefers sugar cookies -but that's another post.

Sending sweet smells of warm cookies from the farm.
oxo

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