It’s heritage recipe month on Information Morning, and I’m looking for your favourite family recipes and stories! Today I featured these incredibly delicious cookies, made with a recipe sent to me by Diane Mercier-Allain:

“My grandmother was an excellent cook. She made wonderful molasses cookies with strong hot tea in the dough. My mother tried several times to get her recipe. She would watch over her shoulder, but my grandmother never measured anything. By the time mom wrote something down, grandma had already thrown something else in. My mother tried for years afterwards to find a molasses cookie recipe with tea in it. She never could.

My grandmother passed away in 1979 at the age of 87. She never did pass on the recipe. When she passed away, my grandmother’s recipe books all came to her. While flipping through one from 1919, we found it! To make sure, we made them. It was a delicious, soft molasses cookie. Yes, those were it! We never want to lose that recipe again, so we love to share it with anyone who asks. Just keep in mind that in the strong hot tea and molasses mixture, you add soda and it foams up quickly to double or triple its volume. That’s what makes the cookies so soft. Make sure to mix it up in a large enough bowl or measuring cup! We had to learn the hard way.”

"To add a face to the recipe, here’s a 1912 picture of my grandmother, Amanda. She’s on the right in the photo, her sister Lucia is on the left."

“To add a face to the recipe, here’s a 1912 picture of my grandmother, Amanda. She’s on the right in the photo, her sister Lucia is on the left.”

Grand-maman Roy’s Molasses Cookies

½ cup butter
½ cup sugar
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
½ cup molasses
1/3 cup strong hot tea
1 tsp soda
2 ½ – 3 cups flour

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add spices. In separate bowl, mix molasses and hot tea until well blended. Add soda (watch out, it will begin to foam up and at least doubles in volume). Add liquid to butter mixture. Mix until uniform. Add flour until you get a firm stiff dough. Let dough rest an hour. Roll out 1/4″ thick, cut out. Bake in 400º oven for 10 minutes.

I can’t wait to read and cook your own family’s favourite recipe! Please send it, along with a story, to heritage@goodapple.ca and I’ll look forward to tasting it and maybe talking about it on the radio sometime this month. Have a great weekend, everyone!