Joanne Watson Recipe

Colonial Williamburg Ginger Cookies

By Joanne Watson VaMom4


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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!

Ingredients

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

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Combine the sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
2
Add the melted butter/margarine, evaporated milk, and molasses. Mix well.
3
Add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. The dough should be stiff enough to handle without sticking to fingers.
4
Knead the dough for a smoother texture. Add up to ½ cup additional flour if needed to prevent sticking.
5
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.
6
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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9 Comments

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Lara Huzzard splashyg
Dec 15, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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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!
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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?
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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!
Thanks!
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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!