12 Days of Cookies – Lumberjack cookies

I can’t believe it but December is already upon us. It’s time for holiday cookie baking. I’ve decided to join in the 12 Days of Cookies blogging event. It’s not a formal event, Nina just invited anyone who wanted to join in. She is doing a cookie a day. I can’t keep up with that pace (and I’m getting a late start), but I do plan on baking 12 different kinds of cookies before the end of December. The 12 cookie recipes I’ve picked feature some family favorites as well as some new ones. Most food websites have their own lists of holiday cookies right now. Definitely check them out for inspiration.

For the first cookie, I decided to make hubby’s favorite holiday cookie. Lumberjacks. I have no idea why they’re called lumberjacks but he loves them. I don’t doubt that he’d eat the entire batch if I had let him. He wanted to help out today so he offered to take the pictures. Not bad for his first food photo shoot. Nice work Hubby!

Lumberjack Cookies – from my Mother in Law – makes 4-5 dozen
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup dark molasses
2 eggs
4 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger - I couldn’t find our ginger, so I used nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350. Cream sugar & shortening.

Add molasses and unbeaten eggs. Mix well.

Sift together the dry ingredients and stir into the wet.

Put 1/4 c. sugar in a small bowl. Pinch off a ball of dough and roll
into shape/size of a walnut, roll in sugar.

Place on greased cookie sheet and bake 350 for 12-15 min. I used a cookie scoop and got 5 dozen cookies.

You can also put these onto the cookie sheet and freeze to be baked later.

I’m submitting into Joelen’s Cookie Swap Adventure. Check out her blog for all the details.

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5 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Lumberjack cookies”

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    Nina — December 7, 2008 at 12:15 am

    These look great! I’m so glad you joined me for 12 Days of Cookies. I’m having so much fun baking and trying out new recipes.

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    Joelen — December 9, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks so much for participating! What a great cookie recipe and one for me to try soon!

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    Haley — December 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    What a fun event! All of your cookies look amazing! I can see why these are your husband’s favorite…they sound delish!

    I would love to write about your recipe on our blog! If you are interested send me an email at haley@keyingredient.com

    Thanks!
    Haley, KI Blogger

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    Katherine — December 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I’m trying these cookies for the first time and froze 1/2 the batch for later. How do you bake after freezing? Do you defrost and then bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes? or go straight from the freezer to oven and just bake longer? Thanks for the recipe!

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    Jen — December 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Katherine – I’ve never froze the cookies, but my mother in law does it all the time. She said she puts them on a cookie sheet and lets them defrost on the counter for about 15 minutes before baking them as usual.

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