Friday, June 01, 2007

Old Time Ginger Snaps

1 cup molasses
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 to 2 teaspoons ginger
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3-1/4 cups flour

Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. Heat molasses to the boiling point in a heavy saucepan. Add 1/2 cup butter and stir until melted. Add dry ingredients a little at a time, stirring until well blended. (Mixture will become stiff.) Shape dough into a roll and chill. Cut into thin slices and bake on a lightly greased sheet at 350° F. Store in a tightly covered container.

My mother Doris Hill collected this recipe for old-fashioned gingersnaps and hand-wrote it on a card for her recipe files. I think the Fannie Farmer Cookbook Gingerbread Cookie recipe has a few more spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg), but it's very similar.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)