Monday, February 9, 2009

Lulu's Gingersnaps

I am so sorry, that due to my absence from the blog world over the holidays, I was unable to share some of Lulu's Christmas specialties with you. However, that gives you something to look forward to later this year, right?

I'm fairly certain that this recipe for gingersnaps came from the back of a Brer Rabbit Molasses bottle back in the 1940's or 1950's. The cookies are very good and have been one of my favorite cookies since I was a little girl.

Lately G and I have been craving ginger and the store bought or boxes of gingersnaps just don't make the grade. All the brands we tried are hard and only good for dunking in milk. These cookies are chewy when still warm and can remain chewy depending upon how you store them.

3/4 C. Crisco Shortening
1 C. Granulated Sugar
1/4 C. molasses
1 Egg
2 C. Flour
2 t. Baking Soda
1/2 t. Ground Cloves
1/2 t. Ground Ginger
1 t. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 t. Salt
optional: small amount of sugar in a ziplock bag
Candied Ginger
1) Melt the Crisco shortening in the microwave and set aside to cool.
2) Sift flour, soda and spices onto piece of wax paper and set aside
3) In bowl, beat egg and then add sugar, molasses and cooled Crisco.
4) Blend above well and add the dry ingredients.
5) Turn out onto large piece of wax paper or plastic wrap, form a large ball, wrap and chill dough in fridge for at least 1 hour.
6) When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking sheet with pan spray.
#1 - Lulu made these cookies by rolling the dough into little balls and rolling them in granulated sugar in a little bowl or shaking them in a ziplock bag. Most of the time I no longer roll or shake them in sugar as they taste fine without the added calories. However, at Christmas I do coat them with red or green decorative sugar.
#2 - When making the little balls I cut small pieces of candied ginger from the health food store and include 1 or 2 in the center of each ball. You could also add them to the dough and then make the balls.
7) Place the rolled cookie balls on the cookie sheet at least 2 or 3 inches apart. I bake only 12 at a time on my cookie sheets because the cookie balls melt and flatten as they bake. You don't want them to run together. If you keep the dough chilled, roll the cookie balls nicely and place them far enough apart, the cookies will be perfectly round.
***Friends used to tell Mum that these cookies looked too perfect to be homemade!***
8) Bake cookies 8 min. Remove pan from oven and let sit 5 min. Remove to cooling rack.