A cookie by any other name would taste as sweet

Apparently Sharon Tyler Herbst’s mother, Kay, baked a delicious cookie for her children, a cookie that bore an unfortunate and boring name, and so she told her children that they were snickerdoodles. But they weren’t, something the author did not know until she was compiling recipes for this book. Her new name for the cookies? Kay’s “sneak”erdoodles.

Funny, but they taste an awful lot like ginger snaps. The recipe calls for a quarter cup of light molasses, and ample amounts of ground cloves, ginger and cinnamon. I had all of the latter three on hand, but only had dark molasses, and was a little over a tablespoon shy of a full quarter cup, so supplemented with Lyle’s golden syrup. They are lovely despite my worst efforts! The best part may have been my timing. I prepared the dough the day before I baked them, and baking day happened to be a drizzly cool day. The smell of cloves, ginger, cinnamon and molasses wafting from the oven warmed us all.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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One Response to A cookie by any other name would taste as sweet

  1. dawnk777 says:

    I would love cookies with ginger, cinnamon, and molasses in them!

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