Joe Carson’s Ginger Cookies (Midwest Living, December, 1990)

A friend from Indiana sent us this recipe. Clipping it from the magazine “Midwest Living”, it came with an article attached.

I dimly remember the story of these cookies – after all, it was almost 25 years ago when I received it! Joe Carson ran a bake shop out West, and when the holidays approached, he would start baking these cookies, filling the whole neighborhood with the the scent of these cookies. It was so good that people would walk in to ask what it was he was baking, causing every batch to be completely sold out before the next batch would be made.

The scene is picturesque, and redolent with the aroma of sweet spices – sort of the scent equivalent of a Thomas Kinkade painting.

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 eggs
½ teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt.

3. Beat shortening for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until fluffy.

4. Add molasses and eggs. Beat till combined. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed until well combined.

5. Shape into 1 ½ inch balls. Dip each one into a bowl of sugar to coat. (Also use red and green sugar for festive color!)

6. Arrange 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 min., or until light brown on the bottom. Cool on wire racks. Makes 20.

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