I have a big pile of books that I am looking forward to reading over the next few weeks and I thought it would be fun to see what my two co-bloggers have on their reading lists.
I would like to reread The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt
(Can you tell I feel particularly mercenary after Christmas shopping for my kids?!)
Winter's Tale by Mark Helrpin (started but got sidetracked)
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
Our Lady of Kibeho by Immacule Ilibagiza
You asked so you shall receive. :o) Grandma used to make at least one batch of these cookies a week for her boys. Wow!
1 cup coffee
3 t baking soda
1 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
2 cups brown sugar
3 t ginger
2 t vanilla
1 t salt
flour to texture (anywhere from 9-11 cups usually--it took 9.5 cups for me yesterday)
Dissolve baking soda in coffee and cool. Mix all ingredients with mixer except flour. Add flour slowly and mix in. Roll to 3/8" and cut. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Do no overbake! Store in tin can.
*Go ahead and give adding the flour by mixer a go. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, it should be up to the challenge.
*I mixed in the last 2.5 cups of flour by hand, kneading the flour into the dough. You want the dough to be rather like a soft Play Doh that doesn't stick to your hands.
*Flour the work surface before rolling. It doesn't matter how many times you rework the dough, or how much flour gets worked in, these cookies will still be tender. Like I have said, this is the most forgiving cookie dough EVER.
*Begin timing the cookies for 8 minutes and then test. To test, lightly touch a cookie. Continue to bake for additional time, one minute at a time as needed. To test, lightly touch a cookie, if it leaves an indentation, they're not ready. The trick is to NOT overbake them as they will then be dry. This was the hardest part.
I think that's it. If you have any questions, I'd love to help if I can. My email is rachael(dot)davis(at)cox(dot)net.