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Joe Frogger Molasses Cookies

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“The Legend of Joe Froggers: A couple known as Aunt Crease and Black Joe lived at the edge of a pond in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Joe had fought in the Revolution as a young man. On election night, they would open their house, which on occasion was also a local tavern, and serve grog. Joe would play the fiddle and Aunt Crease would cook. One of her specialties was a molasses cookie the size of a modern-day salad plate. She made them for fishermen, who found they stored well in barrels during long sea voyages. In the early 1800s, the election took place at the end of May, a time when frogs were peeping in the pond, and by association the cookies were called Joe’s Froggers.  Over time the possessive was dropped, and the name today is Joe Frogger.”

“A dark molasses-type soft cookie. This is an old-time American cookie from New England, attributed to the legendary Uncle Joe who made cookies as big as lily pads.”

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Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:

(Note from 7-16:  We don’t make anymore as we’re not eating sugar to improve our health.)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup coconut sugar
1 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup water
4 cups spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Mix in molasses and water. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl; blend into the shortening mixture. Cover and chill overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets. Roll out cookie dough 1/4 inch thick on floured surface. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutter and arrange on prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle cookies with additional sugar (optional).
3. Bake until cookies are set up and very lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. You need to leave cookies on cookie sheet for 2 minutes after baking to keep them from breaking.

These cookies taste amazing with a fresh orange.  They have a lingering spice memory of pumpkin pie, minus the pumpkin.  They are soft, chewy, and delicious!  Using cookie cutters dipped in flour, and the rim of a glass for the round ones, there are hearts for early Valentine’s Day, Moose, Bears, and more traditional Circles.  To make other shapes and letters, just use the last bit of dough and cut them out with a knife.  Sprinkle some sugar over cookies before baking.

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