Election Day Joe Froggers – a Spicy Early American Molasses Cookie

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Seattle Flour Child

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Joe Froggers are a heavily spiced molasses cookie that was a standing tradition in my family.   One family legend has a cousin’s standing mixer actually burning up attempting to mix these thick-battered cookies.  My father and his siblings recall my grandmother making these cookies when they were children.

Me, in the shadow of my grandma, as a child….
grandmakidsMy family moved West very early on all sides.   Grandpa Flour Child’s family left New England hundreds of years ago, in a story I once wrote about .   Joe Froggers are an early New England cookie with a very interesting story.

History tells Joe Froggers were an election week tradition at the tavern of Joe & Creesy Brown of Marblehead Massachusetts.   There are several accounts of the history around “Black” Joe Brown’s tavern, and the Joe Frogger cookie but they all have facts in common:     Joe Brown was…

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