Colonial Williamburg Ginger Cookies

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Serves: 50 - 60 Cookies
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1 c sugar
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
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

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Joanne Watson Recipe
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Charlottesville, VA (pop. 43,475)
Member Since Dec 2009
Joanne's notes for this recipe:
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!
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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.

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user Lillian Russo Lilliancooks - Nov 22, 2010
I love ginger cookies! Are these the soft kind?
user Joanne Watson VaMom4 - Nov 22, 2010
Yes they are very soft. Colonial Williamsburg makes them as big as a hamburger bun, so it's more like cake than cookie. When I make them, I have to do it quick, because the kids like to eat the dough raw.
user Lillian Russo Lilliancooks - Nov 22, 2010
Oh YUM! =)
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user 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!

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