NAUVOO GINGERBREAD COOKIES: Every year thousands of people visit the beautifully restored Nauvoo, Illinois. Missionary couples, give free tours of the various sites. They explain the history of the city and give demonstrations of some of the skills of the early Saints who helped the city flourish.
But among the sweetest stops you can make in old Nauvoo is at the Scovil Bakery where over 50,000 cookies a year are handed out. Here is a way to take old Nauvoo hime with you.
from the Scovil Bakery
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
3/4 cup oil or lard
1/2 cup hot water
1 teaspoon soda
1 heaping teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups white flour
Combine, sugar, molasses, and oil. Add hot water, measuring it in same cup as molasses so that you get all molasses out of cup.
Add eggs, then beat.
Sift together remaining ingredients.
Refrigerate dough for 1 hour, then roll out and cut with cookie cutters.
Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350° F (180° C).