Mrs. Tucker's Gingersnaps

Mrs. Tucker's Gingersnaps

Submitted by Debra S.

"My mother-in-law made these often. She would sometimes send some
to me when my husband and I were engaged, and he would come to
visit me at college. But when I asked for the recipe, it took several years
before I got all the "secrets" that make these so good. The first time I made them, I used margarine, as we always did at home. This made a bad textured cookie. It has to be shortening! Then my cookies tasted better, but did not crackle. She finally told me about sprinkling them with water. Then they crackled, but were small and crisp, as the recipe she originally gave me included only the 1" ball of dough option. I told her they were too small, and that I had made them 1" balls like the recipe said. She answered, "Oh, I always make them bigger than that!" The cookie sheet hints I figured out for myself. Thankfully, I finally had the recipe with all the secrets before she passed away. As for who Mrs. Tucker is or was, no one seems to know."

Cream together until light and fluffy:
3/4 cup shortening (not butter, margarine or oil)
1 c. sugar

Add and beat well:
1 egg
1/4 c. molasses

Sift together and mix in:
2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. ginger

Chill 1 hour (or longer). Roll into 1 1/2" balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place balls 2" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle a few drops of water on top before baking. Bake in moderate oven (385° F) 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool slightly, then remove from baking sheet.

This makes a large, soft cookie. For more traditional gingersnaps, roll into 1" balls. The cookies will be smaller and crisper.

HINT: Depending on your cookie sheets, you may need to lightly grease them. The cookies did not do especially well on my Bakers Secret cookie sheets. The sugar tended to burn. They do best on my well-used, old Teflon sheets.

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  • Date: February 07, 2013
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  • High Ridge, MO
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  • Mrs. Tucker is the name of the shortening I use.
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