Whether these spice cookies are so-namedbecause they were as big as the lily pads on Uncle Joe’s pond–orfrom a corruption of the “grogger”, slang for a rumdrinker– is unknown since the origins of the name are lost intime. Thank goodness the recipe wasn’t!
Recipe: Joe Froggers
3/4 cup butter, softened1 cup granulated sugar1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground allspice1 cup molasses2 tablespoons water2 tablespoons rum or milk4 cups all-purpose flour
Makes about 2 dozen (4-inch diameter) cookies.
*A small coffee can, with both ends cutoff and sharp edges filed, can be used in a pinch.
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