african american history, baking, cookies, election day, joe frogger, molasses, new england
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….
My 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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