Ginger Snaps!

Holiday Ginger Snap Recipe

The Key ingredient here is MOLASSES

David, the Director of Housing at Fuller Theological Seminary, would bring these critters in a few times each year, and just eyeing the little basket that cradled them, had this profound effect on moral and productivity. He is the kind of baker, and leader, that makes you want not need to “earn” those cookies, because he already made you feel worthy of them. And when you think of it…a cookie is just a cookie. You don’t “deserve” it…it should be worthy of you, not the other way around. Plus, when I asked for cookie recipes, a dozen or so friends all agreed on these cookies. The shared emotion…that is the best ingredient of all:

Gingersnap Recipe
Ginger Snaps – (from Florence Smith – David’s mom)

Mix first 3 items together
¾ cup of shortening (butter)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg

Then add
¼ cup molasses (THIS IS KEY!)
2 cups flour
1-teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ginger
2-teaspoon soda
1-teaspoon cloves

Chill so it can be made into balls
Roll in sugar and drop on cookie sheet
Bake 8-10 min @ 375
(I made a second batch for a friend, vegan style with no egg, adding 1 tsp of cream of tartar, and using 1/2 C. oil instead…SUPER yummy!)


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