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Spicy Groundhog Cookies

Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA. If it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be more weeks of winter. If it’s cloudy and no shadow, Spring
is coming.

There is a souvenir shop that sells groundhog-shaped cookies made with groundhog cookie cutters that you can buy at Punxsutawney Phil’s Official Souvenir Shop. You can even buy Groundhog Brew Coffee from Nicholas Coffee in a
groundhog mug. And there are chocolate  groundhogs and lollipops and groundhog
barbecue sauces. You can buy the cookies at and use them to adorn a Groundhog Sundae. The cookie stands on a square of ice cream and “sees” its shadow of chocolate sauce (

Spicy Groundhog Cookies

2 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. ground ginger
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. soft butter
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 egg yolk
Currants or raisins
1 egg, slightly beaten

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda & spices together. Set aside. Cream butter & sugar together until fluffy. Blend in molasses & egg yolk. Stir in flour mixture & mix well. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper. Chill overnight. For ease in rolling, work w/small amounts of dough at a time, topped w/wax paper. Roll dough 1/8 in. thick. Remove wax paper. Cut out cookies w/lightly floured cutter. Place cookies on greased baking sheet. Brush w/ slightly beaten egg.

Decorate by giving each groundhog a currant or raisin for an eye. Bake 8-10 min. in preheated 350 oven. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 12 - 15 large groundhogs or 3-4 dozen small cookies. Put cooled cookies in sealed container w/ slice or 2 of bread to soften, if desired.

Athena in DE (Source: Elaine Light, via Punxsutawney Phil’s Official Souvenir Shop) 

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