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Sunday, December 07, 2008

I'm reading about Christmas cookies....ginger cookies keep popping up. These have a very cute name, "Ginger Pennies" . I first heard of them on the newsletter from Tasha Tudor's Family. Then found the recipe [it must be an old New England recipe]in an on-line Boston Globe article too! Here is a printable pdf file from the Tudors....They are very tiny and charming and will fill your home with a wonderful scent. Packaged, they make wonderful away pennies in a recession year! LOL!

Ginger Pennies Makes about 25 dozen

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

1. Set the oven at 325. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt.
3. In an electric mixer, blend the butter, sugar, egg, and molasses. Slowly add the dry ingredientsto the molasses mixture, beating just until blended.
4. Transfer the mixture to a 1-gallon zipper freezer bag. Close it securely.
5. Cut off a small piece of the corner of the bag.
6. Using it as a piping bag, pipe 1/4-inch dots onto the baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 5 minutes or until they are set. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

To do all this baking, one needs the right apron. So this one, Simplicity 4692 will be emerging from my magic* sewing machine. I am using a brown with white polka dot along with a large Kaffe Fassett floral from my fabric stash, so my version will be much more dramatic. [Who needs wimpy aprons???]
* "magic" sewing machine image from 1890's Singer calendar !

[note: We are still missing a large black lab around here...:-( ]


Anonymous said...

Cookies sound divine! Hope nobody gets a wild hair for a puppy for Xmas, that would be a disaster! Lizzzy

gemma said...

Sweet ginger pennies.
Go home Gauge....they miss you!

Lavender Dreamer said...

I am so sorry to hear the dog is still missing! I know how troubling that can be.

Can't wait to see the apron...I need to get back to my sewing! And the cookies sound wonderful!

Lady Laurie said...

My son and I make gingerbread men every year ~ just the two of us. We always make lots for gifts!
I hope Gauge is found soon!!

Grace said...

OMGosh...those cookies look DIVINE! Ginger cookies (right along side molasses cookies) are one of my very favorites! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

I'm sorry to hear your dog has gone MIA :( I don't have one myself, but from friends that do - this is tandamount to having a child go missing! I hope he is healthy and well, and returns to you quickly!

Anonymous said...

Okay Mrs. Pear, when are you coming home? lizzzy

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