Recipe by www.tasteofhome.com
Today a very nice reader asked me for recipe suggestions for cookies she could send to her son in Iraq. It’s a difficult journey for perishable items with an approximate two week shipping time and temperatures as high as 130 degrees. I wanted to help her so I did some research and found this recipe online. It was part of a heart-warming story about a mom’s quest to send cookies to soldiers overseas. She was nick-named… “the Cookie Mom” (story here)
This recipe was included in that story. She found that cookies with molasses survived the trek. I will continue to post other recipes to this section as I find them in hopes that this becomes a nice resource for military families wanting to ship cookies to their loved ones.
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, molasses and vinegar; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm. Stir in egg.
Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; stir into molasses mixture to form a soft dough.
Divide dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter.
Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Packaging Tips (also from www.tasteofhome.com)
- Drop, refrigerator and sandwich cookies are fairly sturdy and less likely to break when shipping.
- Drop cookies should be bundled back-to-back in packages of two.
- Some refrigerator cookies can be stacked in threes and then tied with ribbon to make them look extra-special.
- Strong-flavored cookies, such as gingerbread cookies, should be kept separate from milder ones.
- Once your cookies are neatly bundled in plastic wrap, place them in disposable plastic containers lined with crumpled wax paper. Colorful paper mache boxes also work nicely.
- Place your cookie containers in a second larger box that is cushioned by crumpled wax paper or bubble wrap.
- A friendly letter or greeting is always appreciated. Be sure to include one with your care package.