Joe Froggers, or Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies


Preparation info

  • Yield:

    36 to 48

    Cookies, Depending on size of the cutter
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented

Baked Explorations

By Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Published 2010

  • About

I had actually never heard of the joe frogger until I stumbled upon a bakery in maine selling these cookies by the dozen. They were huge—each one the size of a small pancake—and utterly addictive. Though I found the Joe Frogger in Maine, it is a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, named after a famous resident, Joe Brown. In short, “Uncle Joe” supposedly baked these molasses-heavy cookies by the dozens for the fishermen and denizens of Marblehead, and he sold them at his tavern on Gingerbread Hill (how fitting!). Regardless of the historical origins of the Joe Frogger, I am a fan. The molasses and dark rum blend perfectly, and it has a likeable chewy snap.



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