My Grandma Leone and her sisters
It’s October and I’m reminded of the tastes and aromas of autumn. I remember my grandma Leone make these decadent ginger cookies when I was a young girl. Here is a picture of her traveling with her sisters on one of the many cruises she would take.
There is nothing better than smelling fresh ginger and cinnamon baking in the oven. The one thing you must do when making this cookie is to add fresh and candied ginger to the recipe before baking. This one extra tip will make you aware of your senses when waiting for them to pop out of the oven. I’m a huge fan of eating these one or two of these cookies when I’m hungry in between meals.
I did just that yesterday when my husband and I were on our way home from visiting my 83 year old uncle Joe at the nursing home in Morgan Hill California. He is recovering from an abdominal surgery, but is on the road to wellness thanks to his son and my cousin David who has constantly been by his side. David has stepped up big time in aiding his dad while healing from what was supposed to be a quick fix of a hernia, but ended up being more involved and a more serious than expected procedure.
When I visited Joe a month ago he was weak and not eating. Today he has regained much of his energy and is getting stronger every day. Uncle Joe is the patriarch of the family and is sometimes referred to “The Italian Stallion or “The God Father.” He would normally be smelling of Brut cologne and even after a hug, you might find yourself smelling like Brut also. Arg!
Uncle Joe was the photographer of the family and has tons of slides, videos and photos of the Morabito, Caprasecca and Seamon family. We are ever so grateful for all the hours of photo taking he has done and kept safe over the past fifty years. During my visit yesterday, I wish I would have thought to give him the ginger cookies that I had stashed in my purse. I didn’t realize I had them until our long car ride home when I was rifling through my purse looking for a mint. How excited I was to bite into this chewy and cinnamony and gingery cookie. Yum! Those two cookies made the Bay Area Sunday night traffic bearable.
Next visit I will make his favorite. He mentioned he likes oatmeal raisin cookies. Maybe next time I will find him back at his home with Aunt Nancy and Streak his black lab dog.
Uncle Joe Morabito
Triple Ginger Molasses Cookies
1 C Nutiva Coconut Shortening
½ C Butter flavor Shortening
2 C Light Brown Sugar (packed)
½ C Dark Molasses
4 ½ C King Arthur’s All Purpose Flour
4 tsp baking soda
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Maldon Salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp chopped candied ginger (found at Trader Joes or make your own)
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
¾ C granulated sugar (used for coating before baking)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cream together both shortenings, sugar, molasses until blended. Add one egg at a time and scrape bowl in between. In a separate bowl place flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices and stir together until combined. Mix into molasses mixture in small batches until combined.
Form into small balls, Roll into granulated sugar and place onto greased sheet pan or parchment covered sheet pan 2 inches apart. Place into freezer until cold for @ 15 minutes.
Bake in 375 degree oven about 10-12 minutes. Cool on pan. Makes about 10 dozen. Cut recipe in half if you only need a few, but I make a lot for future cookie enjoying.