Not that I don't love the Heli-Hiking, the company of interesting guests, the stories from our guest speakers and the comfort of the CMH Summer Adventures Lodges, but I find myself thinking longingly of the cookies I'll get to munch on this summer at the Bobbie Burns and Bugaboo Lodge.
"Cookies?", you say. Yes, the cookies. I know. It is crazy, but when you're sitting on the shores of one of the peaceful Pocket Lakes, or resting on a rock en route to International Basin and you reach into that nifty canvas lunch sac and pull out a decadent cookie that was baked by the lodge's pastry chef just a few hours ago, it's the icing on the cake. And for the kids on our Family Adventure Vacations, our guides use the cookies to lure the kids to hike 'just a little bit further'....
Although I can't re-create the feeling of walking through I-Basin in my own kitchen, I can re-create the cookies. And now so can you.
Ginger Spice Cookies for your Summer Adventures
- 2 lbs softened butter
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/3 cups molasses
- 8 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp allspice
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- 8 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 9 cups unbleached flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter with both sugars. Add spices and soda. Add eggs one at a time. Add molasses and flour and mix thoroughly. Scoop into 1 inch balls on a prepared baking sheet and flatten before baking for 12 minutes. Slightly undercook for a chewy cookie.
This recipe makes LOADS of cookies, so stock your freezer and throw a few in your pack next time you're out for a hike. They make a great reward when you hit the summit. You can find more recpies from the Chefs of CMH on our website. Enjoy!
Photo: The Bottomless Cookie Jar at CMH Bugaboo Lodge.