Bonnie G. was intrigued by dialogue in a Warehouse 13 episode on the Syfy channel that mentioned molasses crinkles, and asked readers for a recipe. “Whatever it is, I want to make it!”
A crinkle (also spelled krinkle) is an old-fashioned molasses and spice cookie. Susan Bowman of Miami, who enjoys “the tips and histories” in Cook’s Corner, explains that it has a gingersnap quality, and no doubt gets its name from its crackly surface. Her recipe comes from the 1965 Favorite Eastern Star Recipes: Olde Family Favorites.
Aïda V. Shafer of Coral Gables sent the “wonderful recipe for these delicious cookies, perfect for fall,” from “my very first cookbook,” the 1971 Betty Crocker New Boys and Girls Cookbook, which she purchased at a Coral Gables Elementary School book fair when she was in 5th grade.
Thanks also to readers Helen Hill, Cynthia Paul and Rita Rolter.
These cookies quickly lose their lovely crispness in humid weather, even in an airtight container. You might want freeze half the dough for another time if you won’t be clearing out the cookie jar within a day or two.
Sheril Saltiel Hirsch, whose grandparents came from Salonika, Greece, responded to the recipe we published for leek and potato patties, often served for Rosh Hashanah in Sephardic households, with the recipe here for Keftes de Prasa, which her mother called leek balls.
“I am not a good cook but I really enjoy making these, as they invoke all the aromas of love and family that my mother had when she made them for us,” Hirsch writes.
“I’ve found that the secret to this recipe is: You must squeeze all the water out of the cooked leek before mixing into the turkey. The other is asking your mother how to do it before she passes away.”
Buying 15 leeks can be an expensive proposition. You can buy about half as much if you select only fresh leeks with green parts that are still pliable. You then can use most of the green, but may need to increase the cooking time to ensure the leeks are tender.
Allrecipes.com recently listed the 15 most popular recipes at the website since its inception in 1997. The list is pure Americana, from pancakes to pot roast, a fun glimpse at what we are really cooking at home. No.1 is the lasagna recipe here — nothing particularly original, but good enough to earn consistent five-star ratings and 14 million page views.