At Christmastime, many of us decorate our homes and offices, send greetings, visit family and give gifts more than usual. My children and I always baked cookies to thank teachers, neighbors, friends and colleagues. After my children left the nest, holiday cookie baking scaled back. This year, I only baked about ten dozen cookies. I still like to share and thought perhaps my readers would like a gift from my grandmother: one of our favorite cookie recipes.
2 cups flour
1 tbls ginger (generous tablespoon of ground ginger)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup sugar (granulated not brown)
3/4 cup shortening
¼ cup molasses
Mix as you would any cookies (dry ingredients in shifter, sugar & shortening creamed together, add egg & molasses, then add dry ingredients). Mix well – they will be very stiff. Bake (see below) or, preferably, cover and leave in refrigerator overnight or for several hours.
Take 1 tsp, form a ball and roll in sugar; place on cookie sheet far enough apart so they won’t run together. Cook until brown. They will fall some after taken out of the oven so let sit in pan a few minutes.
Great with coffee!
What is your favorite holiday recipe?