Whoa! It’s been a while. And it’s not because I didn’t have any blogworthy happenings, but because there were way too many. I took pictures to illustrate a number of blog posts which never materialized because I was busy experiencing other blogworthy events. I will try to catch up a bit.
You all probably know about the “choir treats” ordeal. It is one about which I have very mixed feelings. On one hand, it is fun to prepare food, and fun to have other people appreciate and enjoy it, but I tend to freak out about it. It has become much less of an ordeal since Friend John and I joined forces. He and Peggy are the most soothing people in the world, and when he (or they) arrive to fetch me and my offerings, they immediately calm my ruffled feathers and all becomes serene. This year, Rachael suggested that I make some molasses and some pumpkin cookies. So I did. The molasses cookies that I wanted to make were the ones I had made with Rachael when she was wee. Her first cookie cooking experience ever. I thought she would be excited about breaking in the eggs, but not she. Rachael was a dainty one from the very first. The thought of possibly getting egg, on her fingers was way too repellant so I did the egg. I always enjoy cracking an egg. The cookie making was fun, and remains a happy memory (for both of us, I think.) But …. I couldn’t find the recipe. I had looked for the book I knew it was in, a Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Special, often over the years, but it seemed to have disappeared. I’ll give it one more try, I decided. I prayed to St Anthony, and then started to delve though my cookbooks. But no delving was needed. In true St Anthony fashion, but book I was seeking was right there! And I had looked right there so many, many times before. St Anthony is a real miracle worker.
So that I never have to worry about losing it again, here is the recipe. These cookies are a quick to make, and very delicious, especially if you are an ginger fan, as I am.
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
¼ tsp salt
3/4 cup butter or shortening
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 tbs sugar
Heat the oven to 350º
Combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
Beat the butter or shortening with the sugar till fluffy. Add the molasses and the egg and beat some more. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Put the two tablespoons of sugar in a small mixing bowl. Form the dough into walnut sized balls and roll each ball in the sugar. Place the balls on a cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart, and bake for about 10 minutes.
Little Rachael helping her mom make cookies. Note Michael Ryan, the cat, trying to come help too.