Blue Ribbon Recipes~Margorie Johnson & Gingersnap Cookies

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Since both summer and Fair season are on their way out I thought I'd end my Blue Ribbon Recipes segment for the season with a BANG!!

While visiting Minnesota, I popped into one of my old haunts...a used bookstore. It is right next to the most wonderful, independantly owned, coffee shop. I got a large, bold cuppa and into the bookstore I went. As usual, I found a autographed copy of Margorie Johnson's book, On The Road to Blue Ribbon Baking with Margorie. Are you aquainted with Margorie? She has made appearances on many television programs. Her claim to fame is that she has won more fair ribbons over the years for her fabulous baking than anyone. She also has won National baking contests. A very talented baker and she is also quite a hoot! I have to say that I have entered baked goods in catagories that Margorie was entered into and she beat me out.

I just love the book and am certainly glad I found it. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in producing wonderful baked goods. Not only are there recipes, there are fun stories, which if you seen Margorie, are a BIG part of her charm. That is captured very well in the book.

Since we are experiencing very fall-like days, I thought I'd share a recipe that just screams fall to me.....Gingersnap Cookies!

Gingersnap Cookies
(Printable Version)

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup sugar (for dipping)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg in large bowl. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, blending until mixed. Dough can be chilled for easy handling. Shape the dough into balls the size of whole walnuts. Roll balls in sugar, place on baking sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on sheet one minute before transferring to rack. Makes 3-4 dozen.

THANK-YOU Margorie for ALL your wonderful recipes!

Adding this post to Lisa's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, hosted this week At The Well. Check out all the wonderful recipes posted!


  1. You must be a fantastic baker to enter contests right along side a famous winner and writer!! But that I think I knew!!

    Happy Sunday, Gail and thanks always for the recipes!


  1. Kathleen said...:

    Wow, that's a lot of blue ribbons! Yours look perfectly delicious! What a great shot!

  1. Gail, I know who Marjorie is! I have seen her on a couple of tv shows. Has she done the food network challenges?
    Thank you for posting gingersnap cookies. They are huge favorites at StoneGable. I usually buy them. But I'll make these. Do they come out hard. We love the hard crunch of gingersnaps?
    One wonderuful thing to do with them is add them to a pumpkin smoothie. Just stick 1 in the blender with all the ingredients... WOW is it fabulous! Recipe is on my sidebar.
    Your images of the cookies are making my mouth water. They look so good!!!!!
    Your blue ribbon series was the best. Are you going to group them all together on your sidebar (hint,hint). I have most of your recipes in a "Faithfulness Farm" file on my computer, but they would be great all together on your blog.

    Blessing my dear friend!

  1. Lori E said...:

    I too have seen her. She was on Jay Leno and has a great sense of humour.
    I just might have to make these.

  1. I used to make a very similar cookie. Do you use Crisco? I cannot remember what I used for shortening. Every kid in the neighborhood could smell them come out of the oven and they would be gone by dinner!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  1. Julie Harward said...:

    Ahh, Margorie is so cute! Love her book and the cookies are one of my favorites too! Thanks! :D

  1. Oh, I remember Margorie...I'd see her on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno from time to time. She was always really funny, especially when she'd try teaching Jay how to bake something :) ) Oh, yummy bites of baked goodness!!! Have a great week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Hi Gail...

    Oooh...Gingerbread cookies sound fabulous! You know, I have never heard of Marjorie but those cinnamon rolls on the front of her book look divine! Hehe! So happy that you found one of her cookbooks...and signed too!

    Thanks so much for coming by and taking a peek at my autumn mosaics! I sure enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend!

    Have a wonderful week, Gail!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  1. Oh, wow! I haven't had homemade gingersnaps in AGES! I can almost smell the cloves - smells like fall! YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  1. Fun post! I'm just getting ready to bake my chocolate chip cookies for the fair. Also working on my tables and Christmas trees.

  1. Cathy said...:

    I love her!! I've seen her several times on the Martha Stewart show and she's a real character. That's quite the collection of blue ribbons.

  1. Jane said...:

    These look and sound yummy! I bet they smell wonderful while they're baking, too.

  1. Oh I love of my favorites...thanks for stopping by my site...have a wonderful day....blessings

  1. I love gingersnaps one of my favorites...thanks for stopping by my site...have a wonderful day...blessings

  1. Those cookies look delicious! I'm so glad they're not here in front of me right now! :-)

    Thanks for stopping in at Cranberry Morning.

  1. I LUV ginger snaps but have thought of baking them myself. TY for this great recipe. Just imagine warm ginger snaps on a cold morning w/ coffee and company. Have a blessed week.

  1. Dena E's Blog said...:

    Wow what an awesome * beautiful blog and LOVE how you share about our Savior in it all !!!
    I'm new to this Rednesday and just found yours. It is wonderful how the Sweet Lord brings marvelous women together this way...
    The cookies are looking soooo YuMmY...
    I can almost smell them!!!
    Blessings and Hugs Dena

  1. Alison said...:

    The gingersnaps look perfect! I'm going to keep my eye out for Marjorie's Book. Thanks for recommending it... I'm sure it's AMAZING!! ~Prairie Story

  1. I love gingersnap cookies! I've read that they're supposed to be good for your as well :) I can smell them baking now!

  1. Did you see her on Martha last season? She was hysterical!

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