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!