This past week as been unusually cold and icy, so I had the urge for something sweet to go with hot tea and coffee. Rummaging through the pantry I found all the ingredients I needed. The recipe is from the Inns at Montpelier (VA). I add vanilla extract. Mayhurst Inn, one of the Montpelier Inns, calls these "Joe Froggers" but adds nutmeg and allspice. In any case these are yummy tea/coffee cookies. You have the option to bake a few as you like and keep the dough in the frig for a few days, then it's only preheat of the oven and 8 minutes until it's COOKIETIME !
Combine brown sugar and softened butter in a large bowl; beat with mixer at medium speed until light/fluffy. Add molasses, vanilla and egg; beat well.
Combine flour, spices, salt and baking soda and stir with a whisk. Add this "mix" to the wet ingredients slowly until blended. Spray hands with cooking spray and form a large somewhat flattened ball with the mix; wrap the ball in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for an hour or leave in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the water in a small bowl and the granulated sugar in another small bowl. Take the ball of dough out and prepare to cut small pieces and roll into balls. Before handling the dough spray hands with cooking oil and have the baking sheets ready and sprayed lightly with cooking oil (I use aluminum foil on the baking pans/then spray ). Roll small balls (under 1 inch). Dip one side of the ball in water; dip wet side of ball into sugar with rolling motion. Place balls, sugar side up, 1 inch apart on the baking sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove cookies from sheet with spatula and
place on wire rack to cool and set.