Ginger Cookies

ginger cookies

Crying is alright in its way while it lasts.  But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do. –C.S. Lewis

Oh my, these cookies are so yummy and the frosting is just … mmm.  It really sets these cookies apart.  I got this recipe from my friend Tamara who would frequently bring these in to work.  People loved them and begged for the recipe.  Here it is:

Serves 36; preparation time: 20 minutes / bake time: 15 min. a batch

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ½ cups all purposes flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Frosting

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar; add eggs beating well one after another.  Stir in molasses and vanilla. Mix well.  Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to the mixture.  Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 325 12 to 15 minutes until they spring back when touched.  Do not over bake.  Remove to wire racks.

Frosting:  In a large saucepan bring butter, milk and brown sugar to a boil.  Cook and stir for one minute.  Remove from heat.  It will look curdled.  Cool for 3 minutes.  Add confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and salt.  Mix well.  Frost warm cookies.  Yields 6 dozen.

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