1 c molasses
1 c sugar
¾ c oleo – 1 ½ sticks (we now use butter)
2 eggs (beaten)
4 ¼ c flour
½ t salt
2 T cinnamon
2 T ginger
1 T soda
½ T vanilla Bake 375º 8-10 min or less
My mother’s oldest sister, Esther Smith, never married, but lived with our family during our childhood. We never knew what a babysitter was: there was no need with a live-in aunt. She helped Mom with cooking, canning and gardening, and knew more about baseball than any other person I have ever met.
At Christmas time, she took charge of baking gingerbread cookies. Although I don’t remember her using a recipe, this is exactly what she wrote down for me a few years before her death in 1985. She assumed I knew what to do with these things, and we assume you do too. Merry Christmas!