Wednesday, May 03, 2006

in honor of sue

my best friends' grandmother passed last night. she was the sweetest, kindest little old lady you'd ever care to meet. she always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. everyone called her grandma and you just couldn't help but hug that wee woman every time you saw her. we'll miss her terribly, but she left a wonderful legacy of love with her children and grandchildren, so she will live on in all of our hearts forever.

grandma sue will always be remembered in my heart for her ginger snaps, which were a staple at the family's annual 4th of july party. and while there's nothing quite like the flavor and texture of a grandma sue ginger snap eaten with wet pool hands in the hot california sun, here's my favorite ginger snap recipe in honor of grandma sue:

1 c. sugar
3/4 c. butter
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 c. a.p. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. sugar

cream sugar, butter, molasses and egg. stir in remaining ingredients except 1/4 c. sugar. refrigerate dough for about an hour. form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the remaining sugar. bake in a 350 degree oven for about 8 - 12 minutes (snaps will puff up and then flatten and set). cool about a minute on the cookie sheets, then remove to a rack.

that one's for you, grandma sue. we sure will miss you.


La Vida Dulce said...

My deepest condolences at the loss of Grandma Sue. Vaya con Dios.
From La Vida Dulce

mooncrazy said...

That is the nicest thing you could have done for Grandma Sue. She would have been very pleased. I think you should take over the cookie duty on the 4th.