Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pioneer Baking

My little brother and sister are going on a pioneer trek this week. My sister had to make some pioneer candy and cookies so of course I was in. So let's start with the Honey Candy.

1 cup Honey
1 cup sugar
...thats it!

Bring to a boil over high heat stirring constantly.
Pour onto a buttered pan and cool just enough to handle.
Stretch until it is a light cream color and too stiff to handle.

Notice the difference after stretching it.
The taffy is now done, so you can let it cool and then break it into pieces, or do as we did and stretch it and then cut with buttered scissors.

Now for the yummy ginger cookies. These cookies are really delicious! We had a few kinks at the begining that we worked out, but once we did they were fabulous!

Ginger Cookies
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 c. shortening (I did 1 cup butter half cup shortening)
2 eggs
1/2 c. molasses
1 tsp salt
4 2/3 c. whole wheat flour (my mom made these a second time and used 2/3 c. white flour and said they turned out great)
4 tsp. soda
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp cloves

Cream sugar, shortening, eggs and molasses. Add salt, soda and spices and flour and mix well. Form dough into balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Ok so this cookie dough was delicious. I was so surprised by how amazing it
was because it was made with wheat flour, but it was
definitely hard to stay out of.

We used a cookie scoop so they would all be even....

and then flattened the top

Ok so here is the kink we worked out. The balls of cookie dough
were way too big! I use my cookie scoop for all the cookies
I make and have never had a problem, but I think because there is
so much baking soda in these cookies it made them expand a lot.

So we made much smaller balls of cookie dough and they turned out great.
We probably used a tablespoon of dough.
Both of these were a lot of fun to make. I will definitely be making these cookies
again soon they were so yummy!


  1. I left you a little gift over on my blog today!

  2. Those are great. I want to try that honey candy. It's even more fun since it's a pioneer recipe!