Buried in my mother's kitchen is a dog-eared copy of Craig Claiborne's New York Times Cookbook
. Dog-eared by me, because I am fairly certain that my mother never used it, and I'm not sure how or when it came to live on her long shelf of other now-neglected cookbooks that must miss me terribly.
At any rate, this cookbook contained one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes ever - a gingerbread cookie which could be rolled out thin and cut out, or, if you followed the addendum, made pouffy, almost brownie-textured thick ginger cookies that spilled out of the shape they started with. They were richly flavored with molasses. The search function on the New York Times itself only goes back to 1981 (I'm sure I made my last batch of these around that time) and I don't see a recipe anywhere else online. I'm planning to visit the Public Library and check out the book if I don't have more success, but I thought I'd post here first. Anyone?