Grandma Baker's Legacy

Thursday, July 8, 2010
These gingersnaps represent everything I love about baking. They’re delicious (she said modestly), they’re easy to bake, and they taste like the homemade cookies we ate when we were kids. In fact, that’s exactly what they are. I grew up on a farm, and my grandparents lived in a different house on the same farm. Every Saturday morning, my sister Gwen and I visited Grandma and Grandpa Baker. (Yes, she really was Grandma Baker!) And every Saturday morning, she had two plates of warm cookies waiting for us – coconut oatmeal cookies for Gwen and gingersnaps for me. Somewhat dubiously, I used to drink mine with chocolate milk, but everything else about that memory is perfect.

When I was checking the ingredients for this recipe, I found three containers of ginger in my cupboard. Three. I make a lot of gingersnaps, but not that many. Having written this, I hope that the next time I go to the grocery store, I don’t hover in front of the spice display thinking, “Do I need more ginger?”
Here's the original recipe. Let me know if you like it!

Grandma Baker's Gingersnaps

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses

Sift first five ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. In a large bowl, beat shortening, then add egg, sugar and molasses, still beating. Stir in dry ingredients. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350º F for 12 – 15 minutes.


Carla Sandrin said...

Love your blog, Beth! I already want to try your Grandma's gingersnaps. I wish I could grab one of those cookies right out of the picture. Looking forward to many more of your heavenly baking sensations!

Trish Feehan said...

What a lovely childhood memory. Freshly baked cookie by Grandma! It's right out of a storybook. I think your recipe looks great, but it's the love that makes these cookies so special.

Valerie Gamine said...

I can almost smell the ginger through my computer. These look so warmly comforting-just the way cookies should look. Thank you for sharing your recipe and beautiful memory.

Beth said...

Thanks for all your comments. So many of my favourite memories involve food and family. I never bake these cookies without thinking of my grandmother.

Rita said...

I printed out your grandma's recipe for Gingersnaps; right up my alley.

Mary said...

These sound delicious! I'm so glad that you linked back to them, so that I could try them too. Some of my grandmother's recipes are my very favorite as well.

Beth said...

I'm so glad you linked back to this recipe, Mary. Hope you like them!

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