Homemade with Love

Darcy Kolander | Staff writer
The holidays are always a great time to bake. If you or your family like to eat goodies, anytime is a great time to bake. But the holidays remind me of my childhood and baking cookies with Grandma. Her house always smelled like cinnamon around Christmas. Grandma would always let me choose the cookie and I always chose molasses cookies. She also would always ask what I wanted for breakfast every sleepover and I would always say, “Pancakes,” even though I could have chosen just about anything and she would have had it. I never tried saying cookies for breakfast, though.
She said to me, “Your grandpa would have loved these cookies,” because I rolled my dough bigger than most. She never did let me live down the one time I used salt instead of sugar. Both of the green containers said “S,” very confusing as there wasn’t a show such as “Master Chef” where they tell you how to taste everything as you go. Now, I still get teased from the “few” people she told. Also, that was the one and only time that happened, for the record.
I should have this recipe memorized by now, it’s the only page of my cookbook that is wrinkled, torn and full of cookie dough smudges.
Laura’s Ginger Snaps | Lorraine Hoefs
2-1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups sugar
1 cup molasses
4 eggs
8 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cloves
8 cups flour
Cream sugar, molasses and eggs well. Add flour, soda, salt and spices and mix well. Roll into balls, dip in sugar, and bake at 375 for about 11 minutes.
Happy holidays!

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