Joe Froggers are a classic New England favorite. These Joe Froggers cookies are a molasses, spice, and rum based cookie date back to the Colonial New England. According to Marblehead MA history, The cookies were originally baked by a man known as Old Black Joe Brown and an Aunt Crese, who maintained a tavern on Gingerbread Hill. Since Joe Frogger cookies would keep for such long periods of time, fishermen would take barrels of them along on their journeys.
7 Cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Ginger
1 tsp Ground Clove
1 tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Allspice
¾ cup Hot Water
½ cup Dark Rum
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 cups Dark Molasses
1 cup Shortening
2 cups Sugar
1. Sift the flour, salt, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and all spice together.
2. Combine the hot water and rum.
3. Combine the baking soda and molasses.
4. Cream the shortening and sugar with a mixer.
5. Add the dry ingredients and the water/rum mixture and the molasses mixture to the creamed mixture ½ of each at a time.
6. Chill the dough
7. Roll to ¼ “ thick and cut with a 4” cutter
8. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.