Anyway...I am supposed to go to a cookie exchange at my friend's house this afternoon (still on as it will be melted by then). I was planning on making the peanut butter balls that Melissa at I Robbed that Store Legally suggested. They sound wonderful. I had everything but the baking wax. I was going to get it at the store last night. I did actually stop at Kroger on the way to pick up the kids, but as described above, it was a madhouse and nary an employee anywhere. Needless to say, either they don't have it or I could not find it. Anywhere. Bummer.
So I came home, made the kids some hot chocolate and went to look for a recipe with stuff I did have. My husband's grandmother made a family cookbook years and years ago - it even has antique photos in it of ancestors. I found this recipe which was my husband's grand aunt's. It is hand written and photocopied. They turned out exactly as described, very tasty and easy to maneuver for cut outs. Here is the actual text.
Decorated Spice Cookies (flavorful)
by Thelma Splane
"My favorite for Christmas 'cut-outs'. Simple to make and cut out easily"
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup margarine (2 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Karo dark corn syrup
- Sift 3 cups flour, 2 teaspoons ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon ground cloves.
- Mix 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine and 1/2 cup sugar, stir in 1/2 cup Karo dark corn syrup.
- Mix in flour and spices. (I usually mix the dough the day before baking day). Refrigerate.
- Roll out 1/8 inch thick on floured surface.
- Cut into shapes.
- Place on greased baking sheet.
- Bake in 350 degree oven about 10 minutes.
Makes 8 dozen 2-inch cookies.