Joanne Watson Recipe

Colonial Williamburg Ginger Cookies

By Joanne Watson VaMom4

50 - 60 Cookies
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One of my favorite places in Virginia is Colonial Williamsburg. I am descended from Gabriel Maupin who owned The Market Square Tavern. I love the Ginger Bread Cookies that they sell down the street behind the Raleigh Tavern, so much that I wrote and begged for the recipe.
I made a double batch last Christmas and the kids couldn't get enough of them!


1 c
2 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 c
butter or margarine, melted
1/2 c
evaporated milk
1 c
unsulfered molasses
4 c
stone-ground or unbleached flour, unsifted

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine the sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
Add the melted butter/margarine, evaporated milk, and molasses. Mix well.
Add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. The dough should be stiff enough to handle without sticking to fingers.
Knead the dough for a smoother texture. Add up to ½ cup additional flour if needed to prevent sticking.
When the dough is smooth, roll it out ¼ inch thick on a floured surface and cut it into cookies. You may roll the dough slightly thicker if you desire a taller cookie.
Bake on floured or greased cookie sheets in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes. The cookies are done if they spring back when touched.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Lara Huzzard splashyg
Dec 15, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Lara Huzzard splashyg
Dec 15, 2014
I'm not one for gingerbread, but my husband loves it. However, he only wants the ginger cakes from Williamsburg and these were a great success!
Annie Vivino Annie_Vivino
Nov 18, 2014
Hi Joanne-

These are favorites of my family's as well. We spent many wonderful years visiting Williamsburg and watching them bake the cookies behind Raleigh Tavern (when they still did that). I have a cookie exchange that I want to make these for and I wanted to know if they keep if they are frozen right after baking or would they lose their moisture and flavor?
maureen carlson marzzie
Dec 6, 2013
Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I have looked for it for years and tried many different gingerbreads in vain! Now I have the real thing !
Can't wait to try it!
Jennifer Daggs kerensamere
Mar 6, 2013
We just got back from a vacation to Williamsburg, my hubby loves the ginger cookies sold at the bakery there. I can't wait to whip these up for his birthday next month! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!