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Joe Froggers Cookie is a over-sized molasses spice cookie that dates back to Colonial times. Approximately 200 years ago, to the Black Joe’s Tavern in Marblehead, MA, a seaside town about 25 miles north of Boston. The Joe Froggers cookie that people make now are probably a little different than the original recipe. For one thing, in the 1700s they were the size of salad plates or lily pads – about 6 inches in diameter, and were made for sailors to take on ships and thus lasted a long time.
Named for Revolutionary War patriot and freed slave, Joseph Brown, these large cookies were said to be the size of the frogs in “Black Joe’s” Pond. Marblehead’s early fishermen used to take the cookies with them on long voyages to the Grand Banks as a standard part of the ship’s provisions. The ingredients of rum and seawater acted as preservatives.
They are now a cherished Marblehead tradition with “original recipes” circulating rapidly for historic authentication by native Marbleheaders. The cookies were first made in the 1800’s by Lucretia Brown, Joseph’s wife. While today the cookies are mostly round, in the beginning they were described as “lily pad” shaped.
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Joe Frogger Cookies:
This recipe is from the cookbook called America’s Best Lost Recipes by the editors of Cook’s Country magazine.
History of Joe Frogger Cookies from the Marblehead Magazine website: