URGENT-Need recipe from "Farm Journal's Country Fair Cookbook" -


Hi, if anyone has this cookbook, "Farm Journal's Country Fair Cookbook, Prize-Winning Recipes," can you please type the recipe on page 180 for "Mom's Gingersnaps." It's actually a molasses cookies containing raisins. That page fell out of my book, and I've got to make these.

This is a great cookbook by the way.

Thanks so much. Marti

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reply by: pjh on May 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Wish I could help, Marti - can't put my finger on the book... Attention, readers - if anyone has this recipe, PLEASE don't post it here verbatim - by publishing here on this site, it would put us in jeopardy of violating copyright laws. It would be best to send it to Marti privately via her personal page; or barring that, rewrite it, and give credit to the original source. Thanks-

reply by: carolinorygun on May 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Wow, that's an old one. I have the book and can post the recipe (appropriately - with due respect for copyright) a bit later. I have some evening commitments.


reply by: martibeth on May 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

thanks very much, Carol. I appreciate it. Marti

reply by: carolinorygun on May 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Here's the recipe, Marti. I believe posting it as printed would fit into the Fair Use category of copyright as the book is long out of publication, the recipe is factual not artistic and it's only one recipe out of the book, but I will alter the organization and wording per PJH's request.

Mom's Gingersnaps

Dry ingredients:

In a large bowl sift together 2 1/4 cups of sifted flour, 2 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. cloves. Set aside.

Wet ingredients:

Cream 3/4 cup shortening with 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 egg and 1/4 cup molasses.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients gradually and mix well. Stir in 1 1/2 cups raisins. Chill cookie dough at least 8 hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Form dough into 1 1/4" balls and roll them in 3 T. sugar. Place balls on greased baking sheets 2" apart. Bake 12 minutes or until surface is crackled. Cool a few minutes on sheets before removing to racks.

Yields 4 dozen.

"Country Fair Cookbook: Prize-winning Recipes" Gramercy Publishing by arrangement with Farm Journal, Inc. 1985. (1st. ed. 1975 Doubleday)

Also,if you decide to replace your copy, Abebooks has two solid copies in good condition for $5.00 each plus shipping.


It's amazing how popular these old books continue to be, especially their pie, bread and candy cookbooks. They're just hard to beat.


reply by: martibeth on May 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Carol, thank you so much. People who don't even like cookies per se love these cookies. I soak the raisins in rum several hours, or overnight. I think that kicks it up a notch. I agree with you on the old books. I probably have every Farm Journal cookbook; they're all great.

Thanks again. Marti

reply by: carolinorygun on May 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

One Farm Journal fan to another. I'm glad to oblige.

Thanks for the raisins in rum tip. That reminds me of Joe Froggers, the ginger molasses rum cookie. You might try those sometime, too.


reply by: martibeth on May 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

I love Joe Froggers, Hermits, pretty much anything with raisins in them. Thanks again, Carol.

reply by: martibeth on May 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

Forgot to mention that I use #100 cookie scoop and roll the balls in KAF's sparkling white sugar. I think it took closer to 10 minutes to bake = when they sort of "crack open."

reply by: carolinorygun on May 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I am going to save this thread with your cookie tips. I have my own ginger cookie recipe for my tried-and-true, but I can never resist trying other recipes as well. I also use the sparkling sugar. It can't be beat.