They are beautiful and crackly and festive. They are soft and rich. They are so fragrant and chewy and sweet, with the perfect hint of spice. They may have actually TIED WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (gasp!) as my favorite cookies of all time. In fact, these ginger molasses cookies differ specifically from CCCs in that, once I have eaten one, all I can think about is having another. I can limit other kinds of cookies to one or two, but I feel like I never want to stop eating these.
This particular holiday treat comes with a pretty sweet story, too. My mother-in-law clipped this recipe from her local paper years ago and everyone raved about the cookies . . . but then she somehow lost the clipping. Years later (tortured years of pining for the most-perfect-holiday-cookie-ever, no doubt) she went to the library and used the microfilm machine to look through years' worth of the Northwest Arkansas Times until she found it again. The librarian copied it for her, and the rest is Renfroe family holiday history!
|I love how Mom wrote out the triple-batch|
amount to the side, which is what I put on the
recipe card below. Go big or go home, people.
Mollie and I had so much fun making the cookies with Mom last year, made more fun by the adorable, matching, chicken-print aprons she sewed for each of us as an early Christmas present.
I have made this tripled-recipe twice this December and am going for a third time tomorrow. If you're going to make 24 dozen of any cookie during Christmas, this is the one . . .
|My cookie helpers!|
|Brer Rabbit never tasted so good . . .|
|I hope we'll have some left for Santa--he might have to settle|
for Oreos if we scarf through all seven dozen in the next four days.
I wish I was kidding . . .