I never met my great grandmother, but there are two things I know about the woman.
She loved to dance.
She was an excellent baker.
My mom and I recently whipped out our family cookbook full of her recipes to start the holiday baking. As I was pouring over the ingredients I noticed a lot of the cookies would be great for road trips because they are heavy and would stay on your stomach, which gave me the bright idea to share one of her recipes with you.
1 cup lard
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons hot water
3 cups flour
1 ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
As you can see this recipe was written by a baker for a baker and as someone who doesn’t bake that often I was a little lost. With the help of the internet I managed to figure out some the instructions boogie granny neglected to provide.
Camper Girl Tip: I substituted the lard with butter and added ½ teaspoon of ground cloves and ground ginger instead of 1 teaspoon ground cloves.
Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Start by creaming the butter and the sugar in a large mixing bowl and then add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each egg.
Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.
Place the baking soda in a separate container and add the hot water letting the baking soda dissolve.
Next stir in the dry ingredients to your mixing bowl ⅓ at a time alternating with the hot water and baking soda mixture.
Now add the nuts and raisins distributing them evenly into the batter.
Camper Girl Tip: Cover your baking sheet in parchment paper to save you time on clean up.
Scoop a tablespoon of batter onto the baking sheet for each cookie, place them in the oven and set the timer for seven minutes. When the timer goes off rotate the baking sheet and set the timer for another seven minute or until the cookies are golden brown.
My cookies didn’t turn out looking like the pictures I found online, but they taste amazing. This is a great cookie to take on a trip with your Little Guy. What do your cookies look like? Share a photo in the comments below.