Original recipe (from What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking):
One teacup molasses, one-half teacup of sugar, one tablespoonful of butter, one tablespoonful for lard, one quart of flour, two tablespoonfuls of ginger, one teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoonful of allspice, two tablespoonfuls of yeast powder. Cream butter and sugar together and add molasses. Sift yeast powder and flour together and add to butter, sugar and molasses, then add lard and spices, etc., and work it up well. Roll out on a board and cut them out and bake like you would a biscuit.
· 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
· ½ cup sugar
· ½ cup molasses
· 2 1/2 cups flour
· 1 tsp baking soda
· 1 tbsp ginger (or to taste)
· 1 tsp cinnamon
· 1 tsp allspice
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar until well mixed, then add molasses.
- Sift flour, baking soda and spices and add to butter, sugar and molasses.
- Mix well and form into a ball.
- Roll out onto a floured board and cut into circles or other shapes with a cookie cutter or scoop dough into walnut-sized balls and roll in granulated sugar. Add flour in small increments if dough seems sticky.
- Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake at 350 for 10-12 min.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Yield: about 3 dozen cookies