On February 2, most of us will be riveted to our TV’s to see if Punxsatawney Phil, the famous prognosticating groundhog from Pennsylvania, sees his shadow and forecasts six more weeks of winter. Frankly, that is unthinkable at this point.
Anyway, I grew up with Phil as a regional attraction; I had no idea he was becoming a global celebrity. But it’s all right there in black and white at www.groundhog.org. “Every year we hear teachers and other people from around the globe who ask for suggestions on how to properly celebrate this unique holiday.”
I’ve checked out the site and I think this idea is my favorite: groundhog cookies.
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
1 egg, slightly beaten
Currants or raisins
Sift together first seven ingredients. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Blend in molasses and yolk. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Form into a ball.
Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill overnight, several nights or freeze.
Place small amounts of dough on a sheet of plastic wrap, and cover with plastic wrap. Roll 1/8 inch thick. Cut out cookies with lightly floured cutter.
Place cookies on greased baking sheet. Brush with slightly beaten egg. Decorate with currants or raisin eyes. Repeat until all dough is used.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 72
or more medium-sized groundhogs.