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Grandma’s Booger Cookies

A totally disusting title, I know, but I must heed the request from my dad to call them such!
When my mom grew up, her grandmother, my great grandma (of course) made these cookies every Christmas season. I think she got it from her mother (but feel free to correct me, family members.) There are many stories attatched to these cookies…most ending up with the my mom and her siblings getting in trouble because they tried to sneak them when they shouldn’t have.
I remember only having them a handful of times, but loving them. She didn’t make a ton (as you can see from the recipe they are time consuming) so you usually only got one or two. About 11 years ago, my grandma arranged for me, my mom, my aunt Sara and my cousins Ciera and Angie to go over to my great grandma’s house and learn how to make these little gems. We spent most of the morning there and it was totally worth the smile on my great grandma’s face. Lucky enough I have a picture to remember the moment. Remember my talk about the wiglet???
(Sorry for the speckley picture. My scanner hasn’t been used in forever so it’s a little dirty.)
Great Grandma Potter’s Ginger Cookies
1 cup sugar (brown or white)
1 cup shortening (original recipe called for lard…if you feel so inclined!)
1 cup dark Karo syrup
1 cup warm water
2 heaping tsp baking soda (dissolve this in the warm water)
1 rounded tsp of ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
7-8 cups flour
Sift together 7 cups flour, salt and spices. Set aside. Cream together sugar, syrup and shortening. Then mix in water with baking soda in it. Mixture will foam. Add in dry ingredients. Dough will be slightly sticky, but add in 1 more cup of flour if too wet. Roll out onto floured surface. Dough needs to be 1/4 inch thick. Cut out even amounts of round cookies using round cookie cutter.
2 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup sugar
2 heaping tsp flour
1 tsp nutmeg
In a medium pot, pour in raisins and cover with water just barely to the top of the raisins. Add in remaining ingredients. Cook on medium heat, stiring constantly. Cook until thickened. Just enough so it’s not runny.

Spray cookies sheet with Pam. Put one dough round and place a teaspoon of filling in the center. Cover with another dough round. You don’t need to seal the edges. Bake at 325 for about 12-14 minutes. Once in container, let them breath. Do not store them in an airtight container.

Part of Shelly’s Recipe Extravaganza!

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    December 11, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Amy-there are raisins in there! Thats why they call them “booger” cookies!!! JK Colette

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    Dave L
    December 11, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Thank You JK Colette. I feel justified for the name that I call them. They are my number one favorite cookie, and are rare when I get them. In fact it’s been years. Albertsons has an imitation version but are not the same. Believe it or not, I call them booger cookies with the upmost respect because they are awesome! I hope the family will forgive me ;0p

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    December 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    awww…love the pic of grandma b’s wiglet ;0) actually it’s a very cool pic!!

    me and k might have to try these…are they in the recipe book???

    love ya!

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    December 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    I was just talking about her cookies with someone in the family about a month ago… I can’t remember who it was though. Too bad I never got to taste them!

    Love the pic! (I thought my screen was dirty, not the pic, ha)

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    December 11, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Oh the wig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One time I saw her without it.

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    December 11, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Yes, the recipe is in the family cook book…

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    Grandma Holly
    December 12, 2008 at 5:05 am

    I loved those cookies. That is neat you have a picture of Grandma. I forgot you did. I remember going to her place and spending time with her. It was a very fun time. That is a very special memory. We did have fun. Yes, she would make those cookies every Christmas and our family loved loved loved them. She dished them out and you only received one. My Aunt and her family didnt like the cookies. More for us.

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    December 12, 2008 at 10:36 am

    i love that photo and i can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    u can call me R-foo
    December 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    what a cool family tradition! your dad makes me LOL. i love him.

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