Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ginger Cookies

This is a special post and one that is written with love and memories close to my heart. This blog is done in loving memory of my grandfather, "Lut" Hudson Joseph Mayeux, Momou's husband of 70 years. "Grandpa" left us last week to go home to be with our Father in Heaven. My heart breaks to think of my precious Momou without her soul mate but I know Momou is a believer and she knows that one day she will see Grandpa again when she meets him in Heaven.

I was not able to go home to Louisiana to attend Grandpa's funeral last week so I did what any food lover would do in attempt to create comfort in a time like this. I baked. But I didn't just bake anything, I baked Grandpa's favorite cookies, "Ginger Cookies. You should see this recipe for Ginger Cookies. It is written in Momou's handwriting (in pencil mind you) on very yellowed notebook paper with all sorts of stains dated with the year "1940" on it. This my friends is when you know you have a good little recipe in your hands.

These cookies are truly amazing. That Grandpa was onto something:) When you bake these cookies your entire house will smell like the Autumn season. I promise! You know, I think that Yankee Candle might need to create a candle with this very scent and name it "Ginger Cookie". I guarantee it will be a best seller because the smell of these cookies fresh out of the oven is to die for! It smells of all sorts of delicious spices mixed in with the secret ingredient of molasses. I think this recipe will be one that you will want to whip up each holiday season. In honor of Grandpa, I hope to create a tradition to make these cookies each year right before Thanksgiving.

Ginger Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 egg
4 tablespoons molasses
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cups cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix cooking oil and sugar.
3. Add egg and beat well until mixture thickens.
4. Stir in molasses.
5. Sift all dry ingredients together and add to mixture.
6. Make balls size of large marbles.
(Bonus step added by me: Roll balls in Sugar In The Raw. You will
need about 20 small packets).
7. Put balls on cookie sheet 3 inches apart.
8. Cook 8 minutes.

Makes 4 dozen.

If you follow this recipe to the "t", your cookies will come out mark my words. Moist and perfectly sized little cookies. I hope you enjoy them and share them with others. Even though I was not able to make it to Louisiana for Grandpa's funeral, I was lucky to be able to share these cookies with family here in TN who knew what these cookies meant. And that made me feel even more comforted...

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Lisa Mayeux Welch said...

Thank you for the compliment! I just added to your widget to my blog:)

blackwellfam said...

Well Lisa Lou, you have sucked me in with your tasty treats and your Louisiana family-missing sentiments. I'm officially a follower. I, too, am a sucker for sweet treats, and am looking forward to trying all of your yummies!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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