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Sylvia! Thanks for posting the collection of cookies from epi. I made mariadnoca's Hottendots. Good!

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Posted to Thread #13118 at 2:18 pm on Dec 18, 2008

Rec: Hottendots
Posted: Nov 8, 2005 7:30 PM
Fat_head/ON: REC 4 U- M. F. K. Fisher's Hottendots
Posted: Nov 29, 2000 8:48 PM

M. F. K. Fisher's Hottendots
Hi rebecca! This recipe might be close to what you're looking for. I love these little cookies. I think in the old days cooks would compete to see just how small they could get their ginger cookies! If you make them the thickness of a pencil, I'm certainly impressed. I make mine about the size of a penny and about 1/4" thick. If you cook them right they will end up just a little bit chewy-crisp. mmm-mmm! Of course some people like them crisp - mmm-mmm,too! Making them small, you end up with too many dozen cookies to count.

M. F. K. Fisher's Hottendots
3 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbs ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
3/4 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 lg eggs, beaten
1/2 cup molasses (pref. dark, NOT blackstrap)
2 tsp cider or balsamic vinegar

Mix dry ingredients (I also add some freshly grated nutmeg). Cream butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, molasses and vinegar. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Pinch off small handfuls of dough and roll on board into ~1/2" thick rope. Cut rope into ~1/4" thick slices and place on greased pans about 1" apart.

Bake until soft, ~6 or 7 minutes. They will crisp some as they cool. Store in airtight container.

Do they sound good? I can hardly wait to make them- they're one of my Xmas faves.

TWEAKS: I rolled them in demerara sugar before baking. They needed 13 minutes at 350 degrees. I had cut them about 3/4 of an inch, so they are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter -- not penny sized. My guys would eat them by the handful and they'd be gone in a flash!

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