I love, love making cookies, especially during the holidays. Any time I find a new recipe, it’s a great excuse to make more cookies. All my favorites are on the spicy side whether it’s cinnamon or ginger. The recipe I’m featuring today is an old family favorite called Joe Froggers. In fact, my mom still has the original page from the December 1980 Ladies Home Journal with the recipe.
1/2 cup shortening or bacon fat or butter
1 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground all spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup molasses
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup dark rum (we never use this) or 1/2 tsp rum extract
3 T hot water
Cream shortening/bacon fat with sugar until fluffy.
Mix together flour, salt and spices, and slowly add to the bacon fat/sugar mixture.
Combine the molasses and baking soda in a 2 cup Pyrex cup and add to the batter. Mix thoroughly.
Combine the rum or rum extract with the hot water. Then add the mixture to the batter, beating at low speed. Again, mix thoroughly.
Cover the dough and chill for at least 2 hours. This dough can be made ahead, frozen, and defrosted in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 375. Grease 2 cookie sheets or cover them with parchment paper. I prefer the parchment paper to prevent contact with the aluminum baking sheets and for easier clean up. The parchment paper can be reused a number of times, too.
When rolling out the cookies, divide the dough into smaller portions and keep the unused dough refrigerated while you are working.
Roll out the cold, sticky dough on a pastry cloth or well-floured surface. Make sure the rolling pin is well floured, too. Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick and cut into 4-inch rounds. Place on the cookie sheets.
Bake cookies for 15 minutes, checking for doneness. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing.
If you use a smaller cookie cutter, the cookies may only need 8 to 10 minutes. Again, check for doneness before removing from the oven.
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