Ginger Cookies

ginger cookies4Whoa, it’s been a crazy month!  Anyone else there with me?  The holidays were honestly a blur for us and I’m happy to be on the other side of all the festivities.  While I love spending time with family and the craziness of shopping for the perfect holiday gift for everyone, it’s nice to be on day 2 of our normal routine.  I haven’t had time to blog since December 8!  (Which one of my good friends informed me of on New Year’s Eve.  Shout out to Kelsie!  It’s nice to know my friends are checking in on me.)

Unfortunately, this blog is still just a hobby for me and since it isn’t a “must-do” it gets shoved to the back burner when life gets hectic and busy.  Laundry and grocery shopping always take priority.  (Maybe one day I’ll be a “full-time” blogger).

Anyways, today’s recipe is for Ginger Cookies.  They are scrumptious!  I’m not entirely sure where this recipe originated, but it was one my mom has made for years.  This is a great dessert for fall, Christmas, and winter.  It’s lovely flavors just fit the season so well.  YUM!

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Ginger Cookies

Ingredients:

4 T. molasses

2 1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 cups shortening, melted

1 cup sugar (plus some for coating the cookies)

2 cups flour
1 egg

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Mix the molasses and baking soda together in a medium sized bowl.  Allow the two to mix together and turn a nice caramel tan color (about 2-3 minutes).  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Form dough into approximately 24 balls.  Place about 1/4 cup sugar into a small bowl.  Roll the balls of dough through the sugar to coat each one.  Bake at 375 degrees F, until the cookies “crack” which is about 8-10 minutes.

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Hope you are all staying warm!  Minnesota has come slightly up in temps these last few days.  -15 degrees F is about the coldest it got where I live.  Some places around the state were even colder right around New Year’s Eve.

Luckily, I haven’t had to be too many places in the fridge cold and I’m glad that my car battery called it quits before the silly cold weather hit.  My brand new battery doesn’t hesitate a second to start.  It’s a little thing, but it makes me happy.

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