We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My favorite cookie recipes growing up were from Sturbridge Village. My first attempts at cooking were the Sturbridge Village cookie recipes.
I no longer have the pamphlet which we used for cooking Lumberjacks, the Sturbridge Village recipe for ginger cookies, but Wikibooks claims to have it. Good enough.
Other than size, there is not a lot of difference in the two recipes. Yours has less cinnamon , more ginger and uses cloves, which the Lumberjacks recipe does not. Lumberjacks use relatively more molasses and relatively less sugar. Without putting it to the taste test, I think I would prefer your recipe for its going heavy on the ginger.
I fondly remember my motherís lebkuchen and mincemeat bars during the Christmas season. There was always a plate of mincemeat bars waiting for Santa. My motherís homemade mincemeat didnít use meat, but green tomatoes.
Regarding gingersnaps and Alton Brown, I've been meaning to try his sauerbraten recipe for some time. Problem is, this man of germanic origin has a Mexican family... the standard American and northern European fare doesn't always go over so well. Thus, pot roast and the like is right out the window, unless there are pickled jalapenos to add to it at the table!