Ginger Cookie Recipe from Grandma

| 12/26/2014 12:02:00 PM

Erin SheehanI needed a quick batch of cookies earlier this week to share with friends and relatives. Looking for inspiration, I picked up Grandma's 1931 Successful Farming Cookbook. In the cookie section she had many handwritten recipes that she had added into the book.

One of her handwritten recipes is for ginger cookies. The recipe is very simple but looking it over I realized that it would be challenging for me to try to make them.


First problem is that her recipe calls for lard, which I don't keep on hand. Next, the amount of flour needed, "enough to make stiff," isn't very specific. The recipe also doesn't include the oven temperature or the number of minutes to bake, and I couldn’t tell if I should grease the cookie sheet or not!

I searched around online to find other (more detailed) ginger cookie recipes and ended up putting together a few recipes with Grandma's. What I came up with is below. They came out very gingery! I wish Grandma could have tried one, but I did bring them to my mom and she gave a thumbs up.

"New" Old-fashioned Ginger Cookies