It smells exactly like autumn in our kitchen today. My daughter and I are making a quintessential fall cookie, my Grandma Maxine’s Ginger cookies. Filled with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, these look, taste, and smell like, well…. fall!
While we measure and mix, we share a few favorite stories about Grandma. We talk about how she played with me, and read books to me, and took me on walks on the old dirt road. We talk about how loving and kind she was.
These are easy, great cookies to make with kids. Olivia really enjoyed rolling the dough into balls and pressing the criss-cross pattern into the cookies.
One bite and I am ten years old and back at my wonderful Grandma Maxine’s house again.
- ⅔ cups shortening
- 1½ cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons molasses
- 1 egg
- 2¼ cup flour
- 2 teaspoons soda
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Cream shortening and sugar.
- Add molasses and beaten egg.
- Add flour, spices, soda, and salt; then mix.
- Make into small balls and flatten with a fork (in criss-cross pattern) on cookie sheet.
- Bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.