The custom of eating shortbread at New Year has its origins in the ancient pagan Yule Cakes, which symbolize the sun. Scottish shortbread is a traditional offering to “first footers” and others on New Year’s Day.
Molasses cookies are a quintessential American cookie, thought to have originated in New England. Often confused with Gingerbread cookies because both cookies use the warm winter spices of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, etc.
This recipe was handed down in our family from my Great Aunt Maxine. It may have actually come from her mother, my great-grandma Chapin; that is where most of the family’s recipes drifted down from. But when Grandma wrote it down for me, she attributed this recipe to her sister Maxine.
I have a lemon tree, and it likes to give me a lot of lemons. I make Limoncello, lemon bars, chicken with artichokes and lemons, lemon pasta, etc. Whatever you can think of to cook with these fruits, we’ve tried it at my house.
Whether you are a workaholic, SAHM/SAHD, or world traveler, one thing we all need is a quick, on the go, healthy bite for breakfast. For me, Baked Oatmeal Bars fill the bill.