Joe Froggers

Joe Froggers

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  • Prep

    25 m
  • Cook

    12 m
  • Ready In

    10 h
Recipe by  Ingrid

“A dark molasses-type, soft cookie. An old-time American cookie from New England, attributed to the legendary Uncle Joe who made cookies as big as lily pads.”

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Original recipe yields 3 dozen cookies



  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar together. Mix in molasses and water. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl; blend into the shortening mixture. Cover and chill overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets. Roll out cookie dough 1/4 inch thick on floured surface. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutter and arrange on prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle cookies with additional sugar (optional).
  3. Bake until cookies are set up and very lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. You need to leave cookies on cookie sheet for 2 minutes after baking to keep them from breaking.

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This was a hit! I made some cream cheese icing for the top, used 3/4 cup molasses instead of 1 cup, and rolled them out to just a little bit thicker than the recommended 1/4 inch. My friends loved them and they were so fun to make :) The recipes does have a type-o in it. It calls for the use of baking soda in the ingredients and baking powder in the recipe. It was a 50/50 chance and luckily I chose the correct one, which was BAKING SODA.

B. Maitreya

B. Maitreya

Molasses, gingersnap, and gingerbread recipes are all very close..,I've tried so many different ones trying to find that one with the perfect bite and chewiness and flavor, and for me, this is the one. I added 1Tb. orange rind to the batter and did my usual changes: used half whole wheat pastry flour and only half the sugar, and I won't get through this season without a constant supply on (or in) hand. I think the name keeps people from trying this recipe, too, because it doesn't come up on gingerbread searches. Well, as they say, seek and you shall find.



THE BEST. My 4 year old son has autism and is very, very picky -- he won't even eat chocolate chip cookies or cake. Whenever I want to bake him a treat, I turn to these cookies, which he inhales. It's a bit time consuming, and you have to plan ahead a little, but the results are so yummy. I give these out at Christmas in shapes of trees and bears and moose. Will hold their shapes even if cut really large. And the house smells wonderful afterwards!

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Amount Per Serving (36 total)

  • Calories
  • 124 cal
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 3 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs
  • 23.1 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 136 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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