Chewy Ginger Cookies

cgcWhen I got married over ten years ago, my grandmother gave me a stack of “cooking” magazines she had saved since the 70’s. I guess she was trying to help, since I kind of suck at cooking. But I can bake! So when I was thumbing through those magazines and found this recipe I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did!

After trying it the first time, we were hooked and I have been making these Chewy Ginger Cookies ever since. The magazine is long gone, but the recipe is now handwritten in my recipe book for future generations. And now I share it with you, so that your family can enjoy that little recipe I found in a magazine from long ago……

Ingredients
¾ Cup lard (or you could use shortening)
1 Cup sugar
1 egg
¼ Cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Cups freshly milled flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves

Now I am a “commando” baker. I just throw all my ingredients into a bowl and mix. But if you must, you start by creaming the shortening and the sugar together. Then add the egg, molasses and vanilla and mix well. After combining the dry ingredients in another bowl, add them to the mix. Make sure your dough is well combined.

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Next make the dough into 1 inch balls. Take some extra sugar and put it in a bowl. You then roll the balls in the sugar. This is a wonderful thing for children to help with AFTER they wash their hands. LOL Sorry but my country kids are boys and boys have dirty hands. The dusting of sugar not only adds a little sweet, but it makes the cookies sparkle when they are cooked! Place the balls on an UN-greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yes, these cookies are just that simple! Oh but they taste so very yummy. I hope after whipping up a batch, that little recipe I found in a long ago magazine makes its way into your recipe book too!

 

 

 

 

About Mindie @ The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl

On a 1/4 acre in a VERY small town lives a slightly deranged woman who never thought she would be a Farm Girl again, then her son asked for a chicken! So began The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again“ Farm Girl.

Hi, my name is Mindie and I quickly realized my rebirth went much deeper then a few hens ….. It awoke a desire in me to do more, ourselves, for our family…. To learn the “old ways” of doing things. We raise chickens, ducks and rabbits, garden and can, tap our maple tree for syrup, cure our own hams, make lard and our own bacon! This spring we will be adding bee hives as well! It is never a dull moment here in Michigan with my hubby and two country kids.

And of course I love to cook and bake. There is just something about home cooking that not only brings comfort to the heart but healthier food to the plate. The ability to mill our own grains had been on our list of homesteading goals and I am so excited to be a part of The Grain Mill Wagon Challenge.

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Pumpkindoodle Cookies

They may look like snickerdoodles but trust me, they aren’t…. these Pumpkindoodle Cookies are so much more! These cookies are spongy and full of lovely pumpkin flavor. These are so yummy, they’re not just for the fall season, but good anytime!!!!

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Pumpkindoodle Cookies
 
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • ¾ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 Cups freshly milled flour
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon ginger
Instructions
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes

Mix all the ingredients together (I start with the dry ingredients and then add in the wet ones.) The dough will be sticky so grab a spoon in order to form your cookies. In a small bowl, pour some sugar then drop in “balls” of dough off your spoon. Once the sugar coats the glob of dough it becomes easy to handle and shape. Place the sugar covered balls on a greased pan and squish (flatten) them a little with the palm of your hand. Back at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

So how good are these cookies? Well if the rate of consumption by my country kids is any indicator, they are awesome. And get this, my neighbor who doesn’t like pumpkin… yeah I gave her one but didn’t tell her what it was…. she liked it!!!! Guess who might just like pumpkin after all!?!?!

So why are you still sitting in front of your computer!?!?!? Get in the kitchen and start baking… I promise, your taste buds will thank you!!

 

About Mindie @ The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl

On a 1/4 acre in a VERY small town lives a slightly deranged woman who never thought she would be a Farm Girl again, then her son asked for a chicken! So began The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again“ Farm Girl.

Hi, my name is Mindie and I quickly realized my rebirth went much deeper then a few hens ….. It awoke a desire in me to do more, ourselves, for our family…. To learn the “old ways” of doing things. We raise chickens, ducks and rabbits, garden and can, tap our maple tree for syrup, cure our own hams, make lard and our own bacon! This spring we will be adding bee hives as well! It is never a dull moment here in Michigan with my hubby and two country kids.

And of course I love to cook and bake. There is just something about home cooking that not only brings comfort to the heart but healthier food to the plate. The ability to mill our own grains had been on our list of homesteading goals and I am so excited to be a part of The Grain Mill Wagon Challenge.

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