Thank you all for your sweet congrats on my new niece. I just couldn't wait to hold her so I hopped on a plane and spent most of last week in Manitoba with my sister. She is seriously the sweetest little babe and I loved every second just hanging out and snuggling.
In honour of baby Sydney, I whipped up a batch of our family favourite cookies, cry babies. My Grandma Wild makes these delicious, cakey cookies and they are a favourite among me and pretty much all my cousins. We spent many days "sneaking" into the deep freeze to sneak one (or five) of these babies.
They are a soft, gingery, cake-like cookie with the perfect touch of sweetness. My grandma says they're called cry babies because of the way the icing melts like tears across a fresh from the oven cookie. * Icing them while hot is a definite must.
The recipe makes a lot of cookies, my mom and I were baking and icing pretty much all afternoon. You might want to consider halving the recipe, but they do freeze verrry nicely. Man, why didn't I take some home with me???
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups margarine
2 beaten eggs
3/4 cup light molasses
1 1/2 cups hot water with 3 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp salt
6 cups of flour
Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
note: I often half the recipe and still get nearly 4 dozen cookies!
Drop from a spoon (or one of those handy dandy melon scoops) onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Frost while warm with icing sugar and milk frosting. Just add milk to icing sugar until you find the right consistency - smooth but not too runny.
I wasn't exaggerating when I said a LOT of cookies - the table was covered:
I was happy to see my bro-in-law, Adam, using the adorable, err manly plate I got him for Christmas. But, trust me, there are no leftovers when cry babies are involved.
I'm thinking I might start a new tradition making these every time someone close to me has a baby. Next up my best friend Taryn who is due in a week! Can you tell we have baby fever around here??
Hope you enjoy!!