Joe Froggers

Joe Frogger is a oversized molasses-spice cookie that dates back to Colonial times, approximately 200 years ago to Black Joe’s Tavern in Marblehead, MA, a seaside town about 25 miles north of Boston. Because these cookies could be kept for long period of time, fishermen would take barrels of them along with them on their long sea journeys.


joe frogger

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prepare several cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness—be careful not to overwork the dough. Using the lid of a coffee can (standard size, not jumbo) cut out cookies and fit three to a sheet, providing at least an inch between cookies. Bake for 8-10 minutes—edges will begin to brown but the cookies will still be slightly soft in the middle. Cool completely on a wire rack.