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Joe Froggers

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Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2003
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  • Kafziel
    22 AUG, 2014
    Vegetable shortening is a 20th century invention. Baking soda is a 19th century invention. If you want to be more authentic, use 1/2 cup lard and an egg. And they probably would have used brown sugar, like muscovado, not refined white sugar. Adjust the molasses if it's too overpowering with the darker sugar. Also, “salt + water” is not the same thing as sea water. And use parchment instead of silpats.
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  • JoeFrogger
    24 NOV, 2010
    I should also mention that in Marblehead we roll the dough out to a 1/2" thickness, just like there were made in the late 18th century at Old Black Joe's tavern.
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  • JoeFrogger
    24 NOV, 2010
    This is "THE" recipe for the Joe Frogger a traditional cookie (or meal) from Marblehead, MA. It is original in all respects - don't forget to mix your rum and salt in that 1/4 water as instructed in the directions. Parchment paper is a huge help to prevent sticking to your cookie sheets. I let my Joe Froggers cool a minute or two before sliding them off to cooling racks. Oh, use Sea Water if you live near to the sea!
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  • jjessika2
    24 DEC, 2008
    I guess water wasnt included in the ingredients because everybody should have access to water. Hope this helps.
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  • jjessika2
    24 DEC, 2008
    I guess water wasnt listed in the ingredients, because everybody should have water at home.
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  • cammu
    21 DEC, 2008
    I don't understand... In the ingredients, no mention for the 1/4 water. In the directions, it say's 1/4 cup of water. Is there a mistake?
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  • mizwidget
    13 APR, 2008
    My Mom found this recipe (or something similar) in a Clementine Paddleford recipe column back in the 1950's in a Sunday newspaper feature magazine called "This Week." The recipe is now in Paddleford's book "How America Eats," which you may be able to find in the out-of-print site www.addall.com. These cookies are delicious!
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  • mizwidget
    13 APR, 2008
    More about Clementine--a new book is coming out September 18, 2008: Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate (Hardcover) by Kelly Alexander
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