Groundhog Day Cookies
Groundhog Day is this week, and since I happened to grow up right outside of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania (read about Punxsutawney Phil here) I decided it would be fun to share these unique cookies I grew up making every year to celebrate the occasion. The recipe is from my grandmother, and the cookie cutter was bought locally and given to me by my mom, but I tracked them down on Amazon, and they are even available for prime shipping!
These molasses cookies aren't overly sweet, and also aren't overly crispy like a lot of spice cookies can be. They are soft with just slightly crisp edges, and are perfect with milk or coffee.
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamin
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
1 whole egg well beaten
raisins (for eyes)
Combine dry ingredients and set aside
cream butter and sugar, add molasses and egg yolk.
stir in dry ingredients and mix well, form dough into ball and refrigerate at least one hour, or overnight.
roll dough out in sugar to 1/8th inch thick, and cut out shapes
add raisins, and brush cookies with beaten egg
bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees, allow to cool on cookie sheet before removing
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I always have, and I know I'll be hoping Phil doesn't see his shadow on Friday, and predicts an early spring! Happy Groundhog Day!