The first Groundhog Day celebration was held in Punxsutawney in the late 1800s when German settlers introduced the legend of Candlemas Day. In honor of Groundhog Day this year, discover the foods brought to Pennsylvania hundreds of years ago by our German ancestors. Finish it all off with the legendary Groundhog Cookie — a Phil phavorite!
- 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.
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 2 c. sifted flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. molasses
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- currants or raisins