Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I sure hope none of my family or friends notice I am participating in a food post. Their laughter would be unkind. I don’t cook. I “present.” (I challenge any of Tracie’s fans to beat me in the presentation category. I am pretty-pretty fancy about organizing a big ol’ box of Costco-sized anything into a sumptuous pinwheel arrangement, color-coded, or, if I’m feeling really foodie, in a checkerboard pattern. So there.) 

I love recipes: reading recipes, collecting recipes, dreaming about making recipes. However, I leave it to the pros. I do like to bake. Even though it’s July, it’s never too early for Ginger Krinkles. They are different from other cookies, and remind me of the best parts of holidays: the eating, ambiance, and anticipation! (Ginger Krinkles also have a good track record at cookie exchange contests, just saying.)

I love the brown sugar-stained recipe card my mom typed out on an old Olivetti typewriter hundreds of batches ago. And I love making Ginger Krinkles almost as much as eating them! Almost.

Ginger Krinkles  
2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
4 Tablespoons Molasses

2 Cups Flour
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger

—Additional 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar for dipping

Mix oil and sugar, add egg and beat. Stir in molasses. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture. Drop spoonful of dough into sugar and form balls. Bake at 350 degrees on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.


DEE DETARSIO is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in southern California with her family. (She only goes back to visit Ohio for two days in early October because she is equally scared of tornadoes and getting trapped in a snowstorm.) 

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Ginger Krinkles go well with Dee's newest novel, All My Restless Life to Live. (Fun fact: You can eat more Ginger Krinkles while reading on a kindle vs. paperback.)

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  1. Those do sound good. I love this comment: (Fun fact: You can eat more Ginger Krinkles while reading on a kindle vs. paperback. I tend to eat more often when reading on my Kindle too.

  2. Nomnomnom... These look delicious, Dee! XOXO

  3. Thanks, Tracie! Hi, Jen and Janine! They are really good, and now I'm craving them but too hot to attempt to make them right now!! Hope you all are having a great summer!

  4. MMMmmmm. Those look yummy. I love ginger. (It's in the recipe I'm writing about on Monday - only that's a savory dish!)

    Gotta love an old, faded, stained recipe card!

  5. These cookies look so delicious!! Thanks for the recipe, Dee! :)