By Kevin Williams
Well, what about Mrs. Howell Cookies? Or MaryAnn Cookies? Ha! Okay, Ginger Cookies it is. Sorry, dopey joke. Ah, I used to love that show Gilligan's Island. The mystery of why a group of people going on a simple 3-hour cruise brought enough clothing with them to last a lifetime has never been answered (although, when we go camping for a weekend I feel like we pack enough for a year, so maybe that's the answer). It was a fun show. So whenever I hear Ginger I think of the seductive siren named Ginger on Gilligan's Island, not the spice. But ginger spice (isn't that one of the Spice Girls?) has its own allure. My brother-in-law loves the taste of ginger, I'm sort of borderline. I'm not a huge ginger ale fan, but I sure love these ginger cookies. And with the holidays creeping closer, this seems like a good one to share. This is a great cookie to make and enjoy around the holidays.Ginger is a spice found in many Amish homes, but it is often reserved for holiday baking: gingerbread men, for instance, or some good, gingery cookies. This is a recipe from the Amish Cook archives.
- 2 cup shortening
- 3 cup molasses
- 1 cup sugar
- 11 c flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cup buttermilk or sour milk (hint: to make your own sour milk, add 1-2 teaspoon vinegar/lemon juice to regular milk and let sit a few minutes)
- In a non-stick pan, heat molasses, sugar and shortening until melted.
- Add milk, stir until smooth and remove from heat. In another bowl mix dry ingredients together. Stir in liquid ingredients.
- Stir till you have a smooth dough.
- Don’t worry, dough will seem too soft -don’t add more flour.
- Chill dough in refrigerator for an hour.
- Roll out ½ inch thick and cut out with a 3 inch cutter.
- You can glaze with a beaten egg or sprinkle with coarse sugar (sometimes called sanding sugar). If you are in a hurry, after chilling roll the dough into 2 ½ inch balls and dip into sugar, flatten gently onto cookie sheet.
- Bake 350F for 20-25 minutes.