October! A favorite month and one that gets me thinking of spicy sweets with lots of cinnamon and ginger. So it was a lovely synchronicity when my dear friend Maloah mentioned her family’s old recipe for gingersnaps, which I immediately requested. What better treat to hand out out to Trick or Treaters on Halloween? As fate would have it, Maloah’s mother, Buffy Treat, included that particular cookie recipe in a cookbook she lovingly edited back in the 80’s for the Heifer Project International. “Peace begins where the hungry are fed,” says the cover of her book. And I found some used copies still for sale on Amazon, to Maloah’s immense surprise and delight!
Here’s Buffy’s treasured family recipe:
2 cups sifted flour
1 T. ground ginger
2 t. baking soda
1.2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
Sift the dry ingredients. Cream the softened butter. Gradually add sugar. Add egg and molasses. Beat. Sift dry ingredients over wet ingredients. Shape dough into small balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar. Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350ª F.for 12-15 minutes until tops crackle. Cool on rack.
Personal tweaks: I doubled the ginger and I rolled the doughy balls in a heavier sugar, called evaporated cane juice, which I’m accustomed to using when I top my scones.
Here are my gingersnaps, out of the oven, served, appropriately, on one of my Grandmother’s plates. They are so delicious!
I have heard loving stories about Buffy Treat (don’t you love her name?) for years. So I must include a picture of Buffy with four of her six children here–all four of her beautiful daughters. Doesn’t she look like the most wonderful mother and wouldn’t you want to inherit a cookie recipe from her? I’m so glad Maloah and her sisters did, and that I have permission to pass along to all of you.
Thanks so much, Maloah, for sharing your special recipe with us this Halloween. These cookies will add a festive cheer throughout the holiday season.
Love and holiday blessings,
Book News: I am delighted to announce that I’ve been invited to do a booksigning at Depot Bookstore and Cafe in downtown Mill Valley on November 1st, noon-1:00PMish. If you are around and available, I’d love to see you in person! I’m so looking forward to being there!
Posted on October 20th, 2014 by Kathryn
Filed under: People at Play