Jan’s Ginger Cookies

One of the items I collect is cookbooks, which I think I’ve mentioned before.  In fact, in order to cook through some of these books, or Cook the Book, as some bloggers say, one plan for 2016 is to cook at least one new recipe from a cookbook each week, meaning that you will hopefully see some increased honest reviews of food in the new year as I start to do this more frequently.

In addition to cookbooks, I love the Brady Bunch.  So, you know I have a Brady Bunch cookbook.  How could I not have one?  We used it for a Progressive Potluck when I was an undergraduate student and opening a new student center.  See lyrics below:

1st Annual Couer de Catherine Progressive Potluck

(Sing to the tune of the Brady Bunch theme song)

 Here’s a story of a brand new building
That was erected at CSC
It holds many offices and departments
Including activities

 The new director suggested a party
So everyone could see all of the space
Looking at the calendar, her workers thought
of August 6, a Wednesday

 We’d like to do a progressive potluck
And use the theme of the Brady Bunch
You may wish to consult Alice’s cookbook
To help make us the Katie Bunch
The Katie Bunch.

 That’s the way we’ll become the Katie Bunch!

That being said, as we went into the holiday season this year, I was thumbing through the cookbook and came across Jan’s Ginger Cookies, which seemed appropriately holiday-inspired.  So, I thought I’d bake them for a little treat to take a break from all of the chocolate.  The ginger is pretty subtle…there’s just a hint of it there.

Jan's Ginger Cookies

Jan’s Ginger Cookies

2 1/4 c flour
1 c soft butter
1 c powdered sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp milk

In a large bowl, combine the flour, butter, sugar, and lemon juice.  Blend in the remaining ingredients.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll out to a 1/8-inch thickness.  Cut with cookie cutters into favorite designs or use a sharp knife and create some.  Arrange the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.  The cookies should be golden brown.  Cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.

Makes 3-4 dozen.

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