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The Best Ginger Snaps

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I love baking with my kids. And I think they enjoy it too. Not only do they get to lick the mixing tools (usually when the mixer is turned off), but we’re spending ‘quality’ time together and that’s definitely the best part for everyone involved. Not to make this sound too Little House on the Prairie, but it’s nice to teach them something while having fun (and making something yummy as well!)…

Let’s be clear here. I’ve learned my lesson a while ago. I only bake with one boy at a time. Never three. Not anymore. There just isn’t enough wine for that in my house for that undertaking!

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1-2 tsp ground ginger
  • white sugar
  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add molasses and egg. Beat together.
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Roll into balls, then in sugar.
  5. Bake at 375F for 11 minutes (the original recipe says 15 minutes, but I like my cookies soft and I usually make them smaller anyway for the kids – definitely less baking time needed).

Makes about 4 dozen cookies. Depending on the size of your balls… no comment…

Options – instead of rolling these in plain sugar, we rolled them in red sugar sprinkles for Christmas, green for St. Patrick’s Day and the other day just threw a bunch of baking sprinkles and mini-coloured-chocolate-chips on them for fun. The kids loved those!

Excerpted from The Best of The Best and More (Recipes from the Best of Bridge Series).


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