Aunt Elsie’s Library and Saturday Afternoon Gingersnaps

There’s a ferocious wind blowing outside and it chills me to the core.  What’s the best cure for this ailment?  A hot cuppa and a good book!


I’m so grateful for a childhood with a large space to run, and loving elderly aunts in every direction.  Aunt Elsie invited me to enjoy her enormous library, and that’s where I passed many contented Saturday afternoons. She had a remarkable way of caring about my life at the same time that she shared her own.  If only her stories would have been captured in a book, I would build my own library around her long life and sweet spirit.


So, I console myself with her gingersnap recipe…

Combine until smooth:


250 g (1 C) soft butter

250 g (1 C) white sugar


Mix in:


250 g (1 C) dark molasses

125 g (1/2 C) water


600 g (3 C) flour

1 t powdered ginger

1 t ground cinnamon


Work into a smooth dough, adding more flour if needed for a still dough.

Roll into small balls; roll through white sugar, flatten slightly on ungreased baking sheets.


Bake 200°C (400°F) for 9-12 minutes.



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