• 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar (white)
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 2 tsps. of ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of butter (room temperature)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 2 tbsps. of sugar (for coating cookies)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar and butter until fluffy.
  4. Beat egg into the sugar and butter mixture. Then mix in the water and molasses.
  5. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  6. Drizzle 2 tbsps. of sugar on a flat surface.
  7. Form the dough into small balls (about 1 tbsp in size) and roll them around in the sugar.
  8. Place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten them slightly.
  9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. Let rest for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Impressive Dad: Joel Torres, Jersey City

Kids: Three, ages 10, 6, and 5. 

Gig: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) working as a supervisor for a coalition that focuses on preventing and minimizing underage drinking and drug abuse throughout Essex County. 

More: Currently attends Montclair State University for a masters in public and organizational relations. He’s also a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) president for his kids’ school and a community activist in Jersey City, advocating for various issues affecting his community, including public school education, bilingual services and support, and social and economic inequalities.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Waking up early on Christmas morning and watching our children open their presents. Then, making brunch and inviting our extended family over for food and great conversation.

Favorite quick and easy dinner? Quesadillas, tacos, or pita pizzas.

What’s your kids’ favorite meal? Spaghetti and meatballs with whole-wheat spaghetti and homemade meatballs and sauce.

What’s your idea of rainy day fun with the kids? Different projects or activities (i.e., art projects, puzzles, forts made out of blankets), and movies on Netflix.

Why do you read New Jersey Family? This magazine has some great tips for everything from throwing parties to being active in the education of your child. In addition, the magazine provides information on local resources and events for the entire family. The articles online and in the magazine are unbiased and easy to comprehend.