|Joe Froggers are deliciously moist cookies the fishermen and sailors would take with them to sea.
Their name comes from their legacy as the invention of Black Joe, the proprietor of Black Joe’s Tavern. Here’s one of my favorite
interpretations of the historic recipe.
2 ˝ cups sifted flour
1 ˝ tsp. ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
˝ tsp. ground cloves
˝ tsp. nutmeg
˝ tsp. allspice
˝ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup light molasses
|Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, ground cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Cream shortening
and sugar well and beat in molasses. Add flour mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Take half the dough, refrigerating the
other half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with lightly floured 3 inch cookie cutter.
Place cut dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 350F for 10 minutes or until done. Cool on baking sheet for 1 to 2
minutes. Use a wide spatula to move cookies to wire rack. Cool.
Repeat with remaining dough. Store in air-tight container.