Grandma Richard’s Gingersnaps

1 cup butter 

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light molasses

1 egg beaten

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Cream together butter and sugar. Add molasses and egg, beat well. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; whisk or sift together. Add to creamed mixture. Chill well. (I prefer to let this chill in the fridge at least overnight).

Roll chilled dough into small balls (about walnut size), drop into a small bowl of granulated sugar and coat the ball with the sugar. Arrange about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes for a crisp “snappy” cookie. If you prefer a softer, chewier cookie (Dale’s personal favorite) then 6 to 8 minutes will be good. Makes 3. dozen cookies.



This cafe’s original owner, Roxie Kelly, was instrumental in starting a number of businesses around the Lake. She saw food as an art medium, and had the vision to start a lunch caf. using only the finest and freshest local ingredients. Thus, the Paint Box Caf., opened by Kelly in 2009, became synonymous with the paint box in which an artist would carry her art supplies.

Current owners Dale and Patricia Mitchell came back to the Lake in 2007 and bought the caf. in 2014. Dale, who grew up in southwestern Kansas, has been in the Lake area on and off for about 25 years. He originally came here from Alaska looking for a condo, and ended up with a wife! Patricia is an RN at Lake Regional Hospital.

They both love every minute of living here. Having cooked all his life, Dale decided that was his life’s calling. He received his formal culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in St. Louis, and now is a certified Bakery and Patisserie Chef. He has been the owner/operator at The Paint Box Cafe for 4 years, and does all the baking of the breads, gourmet cookies and other items, and everything is baked fresh daily. He also creates all the house-made soups.

The unique caf. is located in the Palisades Village on Highway KK in Osage Beach. It’s on the back side of the building so a little hard to find, but well worth the hunt! Seating is primarily indoors, with a select number of seats available outside for those absolutely gorgeous days. The atmosphere is informal but not swimwear appropriate.

People go back again and again because of the fresh, wonderful food and excellent service. The staff is friendly and have a great time while serving some of the best casual food around. The Paint Box prides itself on food that’s fresh and made in-house. Locally grown produce is used in the handmade salads.

The menu is described as “not very fancy but VERY tasty. Anything with Paint Box Bacon and the avocado (dipping sauce) is to die for.” Many of the recipes are family recipes and others are from friends after being part of their families for years.

This recipe is from Patricia’s mother, whom Dale describes as a wonderful baker. The cookies were a special treat that he so looked forward to when enjoying the holidays in her family home. These gingersnaps were special treats served only for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in the Richards house.•