October 5, 2008



These are the round, rock-hard, spiced cookies that are a Christmas-time tradition in Gordie's family.

1 pint blue label Karo syrup
1 C sugar
1 C butter
1 t baking soda
2 C flour
3 t cinnamon
5 t allspice
5 t ground cloves
more flour

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large heavy pot. Bring to a boil. Then add 2 C flour and spices. Mix well. Then, add 4 - 6 more cups of flour (or as much flour as you can mix in-- we have broken a wooden spoon at this stage before) while it is still hot.

Form into balls (keeping in mind that you want the cookies small enough to fit inside your mouth whole). Bake at 310 for about 40 - 45 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Rock hard is not an exaggeration. At Dartmouth I remember these cookies:

    1) requiring a pretty hard hit with a hammer to break into multiple pieces
    2) surviving a drop test from the 4th floor of Woodward onto the sidewalk
    3) supporting the weight of one of those big wooden tables in the Thayer School Great Hall when put under a leg.

    But if you can keep it in your mouth or 30 minutes, yum! Fun memories. Might have to try the PB choc-chunk cookies, though.