Joe froggers (old marblehead cookies)

Yield: 36 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Vegetable shortening
4 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1½ teaspoon Ground ginger
1½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Blackstrap molasses
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Water
¼ teaspoon Allspice
½ teaspoon Ground cloves
½ teaspoon Nutmeg

Mix shortening and sugar well. Stir in molasses nad water. Stir dry ingredients together separately, then vlend into shortening mixture.

Chill dough for several hours or overnight. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough ¼" thick on floured board or sprinkle Saran wrap with flour. Cut into 3" circles. Sprinkle with sugar. Place on well-greased baking sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Leave on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to prevent breaking. Store in covered jar.

NOTES : Legend has it that an old man named Joe who lived by a pond would trade these for rum to the seafarers coming home to Mystic. Since the pond had lots of frogs in it, the large 8 inch cookies were given the name "Froggers".

Recipe by: Mystic Seaport Cookbook Posted to EAT-L Digest 16 Feb 97 by Frank Cavalier <cav@...> on Feb 17, 1997.

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