The Currier and Ives Cookie Tour

in the Monadnock Region of Southwest New Hampshire

Recipes from Past Cookie Tours

Holiday Crinkle Cookies (Recipe courtesy of Benjamin Prescott Inn)

  • 3/4 C shortening
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cream sugar, shortening, add molasses and egg. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients.  And add to sugar mixture. Mix well. Freeze dough 15-20 minutes. Shape into small balls and roll in colored sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes at 375◦

Lemon Short Bread Cookies (Recipe courtesy of Monadnock Inn)
  • 1C softened butter
  • 1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar (sifted)
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 C Cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Extract
Cream together butter & confectioner's sugar. Add in lemon extract. Mix. Sift together flour & cornstarch. Add to butter mixture. Mix until blended. Form batter into logs (for round cookies) or divide in two and wrap flat discs. Refrigerate 1-2 hours. Cut into pieces 1/2" thick. Bake at 300 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

Winter Fun Cookies (Courtesy of Troy Historical Society)

  • 1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla, almond, or lemon extract
  • 6T softened butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.  Beat at medium speed until dough forms, about 5 minutes.  Chill 2 hours or up to 4 days.  Shape 1 heaping teaspoon of dough into 1/4 inch thick rope shapes 3 or 4 inches long.  Form into shapes directly on ungreased cookie sheet.  Push parts of cookies together to prevent breaking apart after baking.  If dough becomes soft while shaping, rechill.  You can make different colored dough and twist them together to make candy canes and wreaths.  Decorate cookies with colored sugars cinnamon candies, chocolate chips, and raisins before baking.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees F  for 8-10 minutes.  Cool cookies 1 minute; carefully remove from cookie sheet.
Tip:  Recipe can be doubled.  Time for chilling will also be doubled.
Wishing Cookies (Recipe courtesy of Troy Historical Society)
  • 3 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1C margarine or butter
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T molasses
  • 1 T water
  • 1/2 tsp shredded orange or lemon peel
Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.  In a large mixer bowl, beat margarine until softened.  Add sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add egg, molasses, water, and peel.  Beat well.  Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well mixed.  Cover and chill about 2 hours or until easy to handle.  On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/8-inch thick.  Cut with star shaped cookie cutters.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.  Remove and cool.

Santa's Downfall (Recipe courtesy of Troy Historical Society)
  • 2C cornflakes or graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 stick margarine, melted (drizzled over above mixture)
Mix well, pack down evenly in pan.

Sprinkle evenly over the mixture in pan.
  • 1C chocolate chips
  • 1C chopped nuts
  • 1C coconut
Drizzle evenly over all, 1 can of Eagle Brand Milk.  Bake at 350 or until golden.  Cut into squares when cooled.

Chocolate Crinkles (Courtesy of Troy Historical Society)

  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate (melted 4oz.)*
  • 2C sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C confectioner's sugar
  • (* alternative 16T Hershey's cocoa and 41/2 T oil)

Mix oil, chocolate, and sugar.  Blend in 1 egg at a time, until well mixed.  Add vanilla.  In another bowl mix dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add this mixture to the chocolate mixture.  Mix until well blended.  Chill several hours (overnight).  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into confectioner's sugar.  Roll in sugar, shape into balls.  Place about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Do not over-bake.  (If dough is too runny, add confectioner's sugar to dough.  If still runny add more flour.)

Salted Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate (Recipe courtesy of The Inn at East Hill Farm)

  • 2 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 C all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp margarine
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Heat oven to 375 degrees with racks in upper & lower thirds. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon & 1 tsp of salt in medium bowl; set aside.  Beat butter, shortening, granulated sugar & brown sugar on medium-high speed until light & fluffy (2 - 3 minutes). Beat in the egg & vanilla. Reduce mixer to low speed & gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in chocolate.  Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp of salt.  Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until light brown around edges, about 10 - 12 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 25 cookies