Period Stratford Hall Ginger Cookies

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Eleanor Rose

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Nov 26, 2016
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I recently had the pleasure of visiting Stratford Hall, the home of four generations of the Lee family and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. It seems these ginger cookies were a household favorite so I thought I'd share the recipe. Most folks bake these around holiday time, but you can enjoy them anytime just like the Lee family did.

1 1/2 cups butter, melted
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon clove
Granulated sugar to coat cookies

In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, molasses, sugar and eggs beating well.

Sift together flour, baking soda and spices. Add this to the melted butter, molasses, sugar and egg mixture, beating well.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.

Take small sections of dough out at a time, keeping the rest refrigerated, and roll pieces of it into small 1" balls, then roll balls in granulated sugar. Repeat with remaining dough.

Place on prepared baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, or lined with parchment paper.

Bake in 350 oven 8-10 minutes or until slightly firm and well browned.
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