Stage Planks or Rock ‘n Roll Pie

  • Yield : 10
  • Servings : 10
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This cookie has several names: Stage Planks, Rock ‘n Roll Pies, Ginger Cakes or Ginny Cakes. No matter what they are called, they taste wonderful.


  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup solid shortening
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp hot water


Step 1

Over medium heat in a heavy aluminum pot, melt the molasses, shortening and ginger together. Blend well. When the mixture is thoroughly melted and warm, beat by hand or with a mixer for about ten minutes.

Step 2

Dissolve the baking soda in a tablespoonful of boiling water and add to the molasses mixture; mix thoroughly.

Step 3

Alternate adding the buttermilk and flour; adding the flour gradually using your judgment, adding just enough (more or less) of the three cups of the sifted flour to make a stiff batter.

Step 4

Beat thoroughly and vigorously. Grease several shallow rectangular pans; pour about 2 inches of the mixture into them and bake for ten minutes at 400 degrees. After removing from the oven, cool and cut into rectangular cookies (about 2x4 inches).


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