Back in the 1950s and 1960s, homemade refrigerator cookies were very popular. They came in many varieties and flavors, such as chocolate, lemon and other popular flavors.
The recipe below is an unusual flavor combination, the orange and ginger and then the cinnamon and cloves makes for a very delicious cookie. As with refrigerator cookies, they tend to be a crisp-tender delicate cookie.
Orange-Ginger Refrigerator Cookies
- 1 c. margarine
- 1-1/2 c. sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 T. corn syrup
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 T. warm water
- 3 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. ginger (ground)
- 1/2 tsp. cloves (ground)
- Shredded rind of 1 large orange
Cream margarine and sugar. Stir in egg and syrup. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add. Sift together dry ingredients. Add orange rind and sifted dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix until blended.
Shape the dough into 2 long rolls, 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll in waxed paper. Chill until firm. Cut chilled rolls into 1/8-inch slices.
Bake on a baking sheet in a hot oven 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes approximately 8 dozen cookies. [adapted from Our Best Cooky Recipes by Martha Logan (1962) – Swift & Company]
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