A favorite cookie

October 1, 2007

My favorite cookie is the gingersnap. It’s also my dad’s favorite cookie. My parents hope to come down for a visit around Christmas, so I wanted to be able to have our favorite cookie hanging around.

I actually did this last week, but haven’t had time to take a picture or blog about it until tonight. It’s another family recipe.

But before I get to the nummies, I gotta share a few highlights from our opening weekend.

We made an adult woman poop her pants.

Two adult women went through the haunted barn together; the one in back kept pulling on the front person’s pants all the way through. When they got out, the front person had to go to the port-a-potty to pull her underwear out of her ass.

We had a Down’s Syndrome girl go through the barn with her mother. Our helper took them through with a flashlight, just in case. He came out in tears because each of the high school students working inside the barn gave her an itty-bitty scare, removed their masks, and gave the girl a hug. Without being prompted.

Every time a parent comes to me to see if I think their child can handle our haunted barn, I am honest. It depends on the kid. If that kid is staring at me in terror just looking at the front door and hearing the sounds from within, I tell the parent to leave him/her with me and to go through themselves if they want. This occurs about half the time. The other half, I reserve the right to laugh hysterically at the shrieking child and the parent who will be up all night that night. And I get to laugh, and laugh, and laugh….a lot. Idiots.

The Farm has a great gift shop and I managed to start my Christmas shopping!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.

A GF’d version of the family recipe

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/4 cups brown rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
2 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cream shortening, brown sugar, egg and molasses. Sift together the remaining dry ingredients except the granulated sugar; slowly add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for one hour. Roll into 1 inch balls, then roll in the granulated sugar. Place on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
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Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) October 2, 2007 at 7:44 am

The cookies look awesome. Ginger snaps are my Dad’s favorites. It would be great to make some for him, and not tell him they are gluten free. :) He eats my gluten free stuff, but he’s happier thinking they are ‘normal’.


Lea Ray October 2, 2007 at 10:13 am

That cookie is gorgeous. I love gingersnaps. I always miss them this time of the year. Thanks for the recipe.

Carrie October 4, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Gingersnaps are MY favorite too! Thanks for posting this! I’ll have to check these out!! Yum!! We are going on a trip this weekend and these will be excellent to take along!!

Lynn Barry October 9, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Ginger Snaps…yum yum…HUGS

Ellen October 13, 2007 at 8:58 pm

I received a gift – a bag of Trader Joe’s gluten free gingersnaps. They are small, tiny little things. I ate five of them and have been sick for a few days since eating them. Did I eat too many? How could that be – they were tiny? I don’t know. Could it be that they’re made in a facility that also processes wheat? Don’t know. What I do know is that with your recipe (and the pix looks fantastic) and the recipe for the banana chocolate chip cake, I am now officially in gluten free heaven. Those are two of my favorite foods. And that’s before even trying your recipes, which I will do tomorrow without fail!!! Thank you so much for your post and for inspiring me to continue de-glutenizing my vault recipes!

Sheri October 14, 2007 at 5:10 am

Mrs. GF – they taste exactly the same as what I remember. The Man ate one and told me to hide them (and he’s afraid of anything GF!).

Lea – try the recipe. They’re wonderful!

Carrie – did you try them? How did they turn out?

Lynn – gingersnaps rock, don’t they? HUGS right back!

Ellen – that has happened to me a few times myself. Good luck with the recipes and let me know how they turn out.

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