Virtual Cookie Swap

cookieswapKathy of Bermudaonion and Julie of Booking Mama have made us drool over the last few days by posting  their cookie recipes. Now it’s our turn! Participants have until December 4th to link up their recipes (traditional cookies at Kathy’s blog and chocolate cookie or Candy recipes at Julie’s blog) to be eligible for prizes.

A couple of years ago I posted my absolute FAVORITE Christmas cookie recipe here. But since most of you probably saw that one, I decided to choose something different this time.

Once again, I raided my Grandmother’s beautiful recipe cards to find two cookie recipes which I remember as a child.

TRADITIONAL:

Molasses Gingersnaps (makes 8 dozen)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortnening
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1.25 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl cream together sugar and shortening (using an electric mixer) until light and fluffy. Add eggs and molasses and beat well. Stir together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture a small amount at a time, beating well after each addition. Form 1″ balls, roll in sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until browned on bottom.

CHOCOLATE COOKIES:

Chocolate Chip Meringues

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate cips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • dash salt

Add vanilla and salt to egg whites. Beat until frothy. Gradually add sugar beating until stiff peaks are formed and sugar is dissolved. Carefully fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by teaspoonful onto a well greased cookie sheet and place in preheated 350 degree oven. Close door and turn off the oven. Do not open for 4 or 5 hours. May be left in oven over night. Butterscotch chips can be used in place of chocolate chips if desired.

To see other recipes, check out Mr. Linky at Kathy’s blog for traditional cookies, and Mr. Linky at Julie’s blog for candy or chocolate cookies.

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    • Kathy on November 27, 2009 at 18:03

    Thanks for sharing your recipes! I love gingersnaps and those sound wonderful. The chocolate chip meringues sound easy and different – I’ll definitely have to try them.

  1. I posted a very similar recipe for ginger snaps that also uses molasses!

  2. My grandma used to make ginger snaps. Your recipe brought back scents and memories I hadnt thought of for a long time. 🙂

  3. What a great recipe — thanks for sharing! I remember making meringues as a kid. I wonder if my daughter would like to try these.

    • Wendy on December 9, 2009 at 13:49
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    Kathy: Hope you’ll like them 🙂

    J.T. : LOL – I saw that!!!

    Sheila: Isn’t it funny how food is so tied to our memories?

    Julie: You’re welcome – my pleasure 🙂

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