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Ginger Snappin'
Virginia Scholtz

You take a stick of butter
You put it in a bowl
Add half a cup of short’ning
Now you’re really on a roll
You fluff it with the beaters
The sugar’s coming next
Two cups of it and ‘lasses
Eight ounces meets the test
Get two big eggs and crack ‘em
Then slip ‘em in the mix
Now stir it up and whip it
In circles with your whisk
Scoop out five cups of flour
Count careful ‘til you’re done
Two teaspoons of ground ginger
And one of cinnamon
A tablespoon of soda
But not the drinking kind
Then half a little tee of cloves
You can’t leave that behind
And finally some vanilla
The double strength is best
One teaspoonful should do it
Dump right in with the rest
When all is beat together
Take lumps and roll them 'round
You’ll get near seven dozen
Of these spicy little mounds
Lay long straight rows on bake sheets
With Crisco fresh smeared up
Now smash ‘em flat with sugar
On the bottom of a cup
You bake them at three-fifty
Two batches at a time
When tops are crisp and crackled
You’ll hear the oven chime
That takes about ten minutes
So gather girls and chaps
For nibblin’ and gobblin’
Aunt Stella’s Ginger Snaps
© by Virginia Scholtz.
Used with the author’s permission.



Virginia Scholtz has been writing, as a hobby, since she was a child. Now that she’s retired from nursing, she’s enjoying the freedom of an unscheduled day and says, "A lot of the poems that come into my mind enter through a bit of yard work or a walk in the woods." Virginia is working on improving her craft by participating in the "Poetry People," a workshop at UW-Waukesha. She’s also a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.


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There is so much to be written about the magic of food - every sort of food. A food anthology perhaps. You can almost smell it!! Lovely poem.
Posted 07/02/2015 01:56 PM
What a poem of pure, sugar-filled, buttery, ginger snappin' joy! Great job, Ginny -:) Gotta go, gotta bake! ~ Judy
Posted 07/02/2015 11:34 AM
Makes me want to dance around the kitchen while baking ginger snaps!
Posted 07/02/2015 06:39 AM
So yum! Nice, even rhyming scheme and meter. Altogether, a lovely poem.
Posted 07/01/2015 08:25 PM
Janet Leahy:
Love ginger snaps for dipping in tea or coffee. Ginny this is such fun, my suggestion is that you bring some to our next poetry gathering!
Posted 07/01/2015 12:43 PM
Kathleen Carlson:
That poem is a delight! It makes rhyming seem so easy, but anyone who's tried it knows it's not.
Posted 07/01/2015 11:04 AM
becky evans:
What a fun poem -- and a fun subject. Can almost taste those gingersnaps!
Posted 07/01/2015 10:15 AM
I'd love a box of these in the mail, please!!! Thanks!
Posted 07/01/2015 08:52 AM
Posted 07/01/2015 08:10 AM
I love this poem! I am a baker, and I will try your ginger snaps! Thanks...
Posted 07/01/2015 07:51 AM
Larry Schug:
I have been trying to incorporate poetry into recipes and vice versa. Now I know how it's done! Thank you. Send me a dozen!
Posted 07/01/2015 06:52 AM
What fun! So good to hear your poetic voice.
Posted 07/01/2015 05:40 AM
Okay. Right after my exercise class, I'm getting out the mixing bowl, molasses, and so on. There will be no hint of regret--who could not love gingersnaps in such a happy rhyme?
Posted 07/01/2015 05:03 AM
Virginia Scholtz, I love you. Love ginger snaps. I can taste and smell them.About the most fun I've had with a poem. Just wonderful to read, makes me want to start bakin' something I haven't done in years.
Posted 07/01/2015 03:42 AM
This one definitely made me hungry!
Posted 07/01/2015 03:42 AM

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