Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Grandma Brotherton's Ginger Cookies


After writing my last post, Christmas Cherry Cookies, I didn't feel right, not to follow up and share the recipe of my other favorite holiday cookie, Grandma Brotherton's Ginger Cookies.   It is the holiday season, after all.  Isn't it the time of year for goodwill?  Besides, I can't imagine that my grandmother isn't shining with delight, in knowing that her legacy of kindess and cookies is still giong strong!
 
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One thing that surely gets me in the Christmas spirit is holiday baking.  My grandma imparted the love of baking, especially cookies.  She made a great variety of cookies every Christmas.  I think that my entire family, far and wide, waited for her to work her way into her kitchen and create these little masterpieces.


Each one of us had our favorite cookies that she made.  I happened to have 2 favorites - you can't blame me, they were all delicious.  The first one was her Christmas Cherry Cookies.  If you haven't read my previous post or tried baking those yet, I urge you to do so.  My second favorite were her ginger cookies.

Grandma's ginger cookies are actually a molasses cookie with a hint of ginger.  The cookie is very versatile and can be rolled a little thinner to make more of a crisper cookie, or for those of us that like a nice chewy cookie, can be rolled a little thicker to make a more chewy texture.


These cookies can be cut into any shape that you want.  My kids prefer the ever so classic gingerbread man. They can be decorated as simply as with a little granulated sugar, or can as elaborately with different colored sugars or icings.  Your imagination is the only thing that can limit you from being as creative as you want. Maybe a 4 story gingerbread house?  Just trying to help with the creative juices.



Whatever shapes you decide to make them or however you decide to decorate them, they are surely going to become a staple in your Christmas cookie collection.  When someone asks you where you got the recipe from, remember to say, Grandma Brotherton.



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Grandma Brotherton's Ginger Cookies
Recipe
inspired by my grandmother, Alice Marie Brotherton

Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a bowl cream together sugar and Crisco shortening
  • In a separate bowl mix together molasses and water, stirring to combine
  • Add molasses and water mixture to the creamed sugar and crisco 
  • Next add the baking soda, salt and ginger to the mixture
  • Slowly add the flour into the mixture until the dough formed and all of the flour has been incorporated
  • Roll the dough on a floured surface until a 1/4 inch thickness has been achieved
  • Cut the dough with the open end of a glass or a cookie cutter of your choice
  • Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Instead of greasing the cookie sheet you may use a piece of parchment paper
  • Sprinkle with granulated sugar or with colored sugar
  • Bake for approximately 6-9 minutes











21 comments:

  1. Great looking cookies, already smell how yummy they are from here!

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    1. They make your house smell like the holidays. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

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  2. I love the flavor of ginger! And I'll bet it really shines through in these cookies. Your grandma did good cookies - thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Grandma knew her cookies. I love ginger too. I think that is why I love these cookies. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. -Scott

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  3. Any recipe that is preceded by the word grandma has to be a keeper! These look great!

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    1. Thanks Joanne. Grandma recipes and Mom recipes are always good. One day these cookies will be Grandpa's cookies (that's me). I hope you make them your recipe too! -Scott

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  4. Gorgeous ginger cookies, Scott! I love how these cookies hold their shape during baking with nice sharp edges. And, I bet they even taste better! Thanks ever so much for sharing. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! xo

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    1. Happy Holiday's to you too Stacy. I hope that you give these cookies a try. Thanks for stopping by. -Scott

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  5. Thanks, Scott. I love those cookies but haven't had one in many years.

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    1. Let's hope that you don't go years again without having one of Grandma's special cookies. -Scott

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  7. Oh wow - gorgeous cookies! Bet the house smelt wonderful while they baked!

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    1. Shashi, when you bake these cookies the aroma gives you a great big hug. You will love how your house smells with each batch you put in the oven. -Scott

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  8. I love a good family recipe - you know there's something special about those ones! I can only imagine the amazing aroma as these bake. Great recipe, Dan. Happy holidays!

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    1. Georgia, these cookies are comfort at it's finest. I can't imagine a holiday without them. Thanks for the comments. Happy holiday from our family to yours. -Scott

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  9. Thanks for sharing these over at my Overindulged Party on Facebook. I've pinned your recipe to my new board, esp for this party. http://www.pinterest.com/lifecurrents/over-indulged-heres-some-suggestions-to-help-your-/

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    1. Thank you for sharing Debi. These cookies are a winner. Your followers will love them. -Scott

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  10. These cookies are so pretty! I love family recipes!

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    1. Anna, there is nothing like family traditions. It is great not only to pass them along to your children, but also others. I hope that you enjoy them when you make them for your family. Happy holidays! -Scott

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  11. Family recipes are the best! Especially when it comes from grandma!!

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    1. Ladies
      Agreed! Thanks so much for you comments, wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

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