Archive for November, 2014

Anne’s Ginger Snap Cookies

I don’t know how old I was exactly the first time I met Anne but I know exactly the day because it was the day I got my ears pierced. Anne came with Annie and I and helped me pick out my first pair of earrings to replace the original studs – they were red telephone earrings (it was the 1980s after all).

Anne quickly became an indispensable part of my life. She was just old enough to seem like an older sister, someone to look up to and imagine becoming when someday I would become an adult. She made gingerbread houses to decorate for Christmas and chocolate Easter egg hunts at Easter. She taught me how to shave my legs. She talked candidly about sex to my friends and I. She was everything one wants in a sister or a good friend!

She was one of my mother’s closest most trusted friends. They both had a passion for movies, their artwork, sitting silently in nature, long existential talks about the BIG questions.

Anne is supportive and deeply observant. She has the most wonderful insights and the gentlest way of shedding light on whatever is happening in life. She is easy to be around whether it is talking about hardships and fears in life or patiently watching bad TV with no judgments (perhaps a few but she keeps them quiet with just her face giving it away). I could think of no one better to encourage me in my learning to drive and bike. I love to watch movies with her. Take walks in nature. Talk and talk while drinking pink wine. And most of all sharing a kitchen to cook and bake. Anne makes many recipes I love but perhaps my favorite is her Ginger Snap Cookies.

Just like a good friend a cookie is perfect for any occasion – a simple weeknight treat, a celebration, as consolation on a hard day. And these cookies just like Anne are the best! We have discussed the differing feelings about size and if they are better soft or more crisp (I lean towards larger and softer); but any way you make these they are sweet and spicy and just like a hug from a good friend.

Happy fall and happy baking to all of the friends out there.


¾ cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup molasses heaping

1 egg

2 ¼ cups sifted flour

2 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ground cloves

More caster sugar for rolling cookies in


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg until light and fluffy.

Sift together dry ingredients. Stir into Molasses mixture until blended.

Chill blended dough in the fridge for 20 – 30 min. Form dough into small balls (I do them approx. the size of walnut).

Roll the ball in sugar and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake in 375-degree oven for 7-8 min. Cool slightly and remove from pan.


11 2014