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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