Category Archives: Snack

Gingersnap Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s still winter up here in Omaha; so last week Faith baked a batch of our favorite gingersnaps: soft, chewy cookies with lumps of chocolate. What could be better for a cold, windy afternoon? The recipe that I use is typed on a little card with a note from my mom at the bottom:”  Good luck, Julie.  Love, Mom.” They have been my favorite for years, although mom’s recipe didn’t have the chocolate chips.  We figured adding them would be the only way to improve these cookies.

3/4 c. shortening

1 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. molasses

1 egg

2 1/4 c. flour

2 teasp. soda

1/2  teasp. salt

1 teasp. ginger

1 teasp. cinnamon

1/2 teasp. cloves (ground)

1 c. chocolate chips

Oven temp: 350.  Grease the cookie sheets.

Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and egg.  Stir in dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips.  Roll into small balls and dip the tops in white sugar.  Bake on a greased cookie sheet for about 8 minutes.  Should make about 4 dozen depending on size of cookies and whether you can keep your fingers out of the dough.

Faith used a little honey in the last batch, because she thought that they looked too dry.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

First, get a loaf of white bread; we’re going old school. Pull out a couple of slices, but NOT THE HEEL!  Grape jelly is preferred, but strawberry is okay — it’s just a little too healthy for our purposes today.  Make sure that you use creamy peanut butter, it’s easier to spread.  And MAKE SURE that you spread from edge to edge — VERY IMPORTANT! No bread must show through! on the other piece of bread, spread some margarine — Mom always said that would keep us from choking.  The margarine should be spread thick enough to show teeth marks when you bite it. Slap it together and there you are! (you can cut it into triangles –“houses”, or rectangles, but when you cut it, the flavor runs out.)Raisins can be sprinkled on top of the p.b. but skip the jelly.   Find a book and enjoy with your nutritious snack!

I do not eat peanut butter this way anymore, but this might explain why I am still trying to lose 10 lbs. of baby fat.