Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Grandma Gibson's Ginger Snaps

  I see these cookies and I think of my grandmother, Alison Mae Yale Gibson.  She lived to be 95, still driving, living alone and taking care of her home herself.  There would always be some at her house, if she came to visit she usually brought some with her and when they are baking the whole house smells better than you can imagine.  We prefer to keep a piece of soft bread in the container which keeps the cookies soft, so they don't actually snap......but if they get crispy a dunk in a cup of tea is scrumptious.

Ginger Snap Cookies

2 c sugar
1 1/2 c shortening (must be shortening)
2 eggs beaten
4 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ginger
1/2 c molasses (Brer Rabbit full flavor)

Cream sugar and shortening together and add eggs.  Mix dry ingredients together and add alternately with molasses.  Roll into balls and then roll balls into sugar.  Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake @ 350 for 15 min.  Do not press balls down dough will spread.  Do not over bake)

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