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Joe Frogger Cookies

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a traditional New England cookie, suposed to have been taken by seamen on long journeys as they keep well.


Serves: 6

  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup molasses
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
  • 1 cup soft light brown sugar
  • gram dark rum
  • ⅓ cup hot water


Joe Frogger Cookies is a community recipe submitted by Elisabeth and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Mix flour, salt, baking soda and spices in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat together molasses, shortening and brown sugar. (Can use electric mixer)
  • Combine hot water and rum. To the sugar-molasses mixture, add alternately the dry ingredients and the diluted rum. If dough is dry, add an additional tablespoon or two of water, one at a time. Refrigerate dough at least 2 hours. (You can also freeze dough at this point for later use).
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets.
  • Roll dough about 1/4 inch thick, and cut with cookie cutters. Traditionally, these were made as larger round circles, about 4-5 inches across. I use large shapes, such as snowflakes.
  • Place on sheets, bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should be dark around the edges and firm in centres. Set sheet on rack to cool a few minutes, then remove cookies!
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