Ginger Cookies, Yeast Rolls, Decadent Cake, and Ground Beef…

First of all, what is a holiday without cookies? I posted several cookie recipes on my blog in a previous entry for a Holiday Homeschool Open House post. I hope you will enjoy them.
One recipe that didn’t make that list is my Grandma’s Ginger Cookie recipe. These cookies are awesome and make tons so you will have enough for a cookie exchange, to share with a couple of friends, and to eat yourself! Honest! They take a while to mix up, but they are worth the effort. Below you will find the recipe (there will be some changes shown in parenthesis).
Grandma’s Ginger Cookies
2 pint bottles of molasses (green label Brer Rabbit is best if you can find it)
1 pint country melted lard (Crisco works too)
1 pint buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp ginger
2 tbsp soda
1 cup white sugar
5 pounds flour (you might not need all of this, but it will be close)
Cream sugar and eggs. Add salt, ginger, and soda, mixing well after each addition. Then add lard (shortening), molasses and buttermilk, beating after each. Then add flour a couple of cups at a time until you have a soft sticky dough, flour board. Do not get dough too stiff or cookies will be dry. Roll out dough and cut with juice glass or small cutter
(or you can used gingerbread cookie cutter).
Bake at 350 degrees. Check at 10-12 minutes.
For Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to go more the homemade route (not freezer biscuits for example), so I bought some yeast and wanted to make some homemade rolls. I went online to Bread World. I chose the Classic Dinner Rolls(rapid rise yeast) recipe. Those are some really good rolls!
The other thing I made for Christmas was this awesome Dark and Rich Chocolate-Cranberry Cake. This is one of the most involved desserts I have ever made, but I have to tell you, it was worth it and this is also one of the best desserts I have ever tasted! So go ahead and give it a try!
Lastly, Daniel and I are continuing to work on our website ideas that I mentioned a while back. I recently created the following website: Hamburger Casserole Recipes. With the economy the way it is and people having to tighten their belt, I thought it would be helpful to create a website devoted to ground beef recipes. Go check it out…maybe you will find what you want to have for dinner tonight!

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