This recipe is from the cookbook called
America's Best Lost Recipes by the editors of Cook's
A Joe Frogger is a oversized molasses-spice cookie that dates back to Colonial times, approximately 200 years ago to Black Joe's
Tavern in Marblehead, MA, a seaside town about 25 miles north of Boston. Because these cookies could be kept for long period of time, fishermen would take
barrels of them along with them on their long sea journeys.
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Joe Frogger Cookies Recipe
Yields: 2 dozen
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 7 min
1 cup dark rum (such as Myers's brand)
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups all-purpose
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated
In a small bowl, stir together the rum, water and salt until the salt dissolves.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and
cloves. In a large measuring cup, stir together the molasses and baking soda
(the mixture will begin to bubble), and let sit approximately 15 minutes until doubled in volume.
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat together the butter and sugar
approximately 2 minutes until fluffy. Reduce the speed to medium-low and
gradually beat in the rum mixture. Add the flour mixture and the molasses
mixture, alternately in two batches; scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until stiff, at least 8 hours or up to 3 days.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Adjust two oven racks to the upper-middle and
lower-middle positions. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Working with half of the cookie dough at at time on a heavily floured work
surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out the cookies with a 3- to 3
1/2-inch cookie cutter or the rim of a drinking glass. Space the cut out cookies
1 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets (only 6 cookies per baking sheet
as they will spread).
Bake approximately 6 to 7 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets
halfway through baking, or until the cookies are set and just beginning to
crack. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 10
minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Repeat with the remaining dough using a fresh or cooled baking sheet.
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.