Very nice molasses cookie, however not a Joe Frogger. Two Stars for effort. I knew it was "off the mark" when I saw the cut out cookies with a sugar frosting on top!!!!
For the real poop on these, one can go to Marblehead Magazine and read the best recipe for these cookies. There are other sources for the same recipe. Notably Eleanor Early's great cookbook, which was published in 1954, "The New England Cookbook". Note that they DO call for rum, butter shortening and combining the baking soda with the molasses (Not mixing the soda in with the flour, etc.)
Find a true "rule" for these and DO NOT MAKE ANY SUBSTITUTIONS to enjoy a true New England treasure. And pass on the temptation to dress them up with sugar frosting, please.
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Very nice molasses cookie, however not a Joe Frogger. Two Stars for effort. I knew it was "off...