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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Christmas Raisin Delights

    "Baking Day" by William Hemsley, 1893 (Public Domain) This old cookie recipe is delightful. Be prepared. It may bring back some fond memories of your Grandma. Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup packed brown...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Period Father Christmas Shortbread

    (Public Domain) This recipe is from The Virginia Housewife or, Methodical Cook, by Mary Randolph published in 1841. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 egg ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar Candies or dried...
  3. Albert Sailhorst

    Period Dec. 4-National Cookie Day- New York Cookies

    New York Cookies From “Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches”, By Eliza Leslie, 1840 Take a half-pint or a tumbler full of cold water, and mix it with half a pound of powdered white sugar. Sift three pounds of flour into a large pan and cut up in it a pound of butter; rub the butter...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Period Stratford Hall Ginger Cookies

    Round gingersnaps Editor at Large [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons I recently had the pleasure of visiting Stratford Hall, the home of four generations of the Lee family and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. It seems these ginger cookies...
  5. Cheswick

    Authentic Mrs. Bliss' Ginger Snaps

    The discussions last month about molasses started me thinking more seriously about ginger cookies. I've often been lazy when ginger cookies are concerned - I have some really wonderful modern recipes and have just used those. Ginger cookie recipes abound in the period, so I decided to give one...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic New Year's Cookies

    We can thank our colonial era Dutch settlers for introducing New Year's Cookies to America. Sometimes called New Year's Cakes, these thin crisp sugar cookies were traditionally flavored with caraway, lemon and sometimes cider. Recipes for New Year's Cookies were very popular in the 1840s...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    History Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies

    Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies came to America with German immigrants in the 1800s. This recipe is also known as “shortbreads” and has been passed along for generations. The traditional version is made with walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts, but you can choose your favorite or use all three...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Coasting Cookies

    This original recipe appeared in Elizabeth S. Miller’s book, In the Kitchen, in 1875. It appears these cookies got their name because, “Coasting and snow-balling were the bloom and glow of those long, icy months.” Coasting is a reference to sledding. Coasting Cookies: "One pound of flour...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Biscochito

    Fresh batch of Biscochitos, Albuquerque NM John Phelan [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons Homemade biscochito cookies A small anise and cinnamon flavored shortbread cookie, the biscochito cookie (called biscocho in southern New Mexico), was...
  10. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    Period Ginger Nuts

    I believe these might be the period version of modern day gingersnaps. These period recipes are perfect for the holiday season and come from the Ladies Indispensable Assistantby E. Hutchinson 1852. It's a very fascinating volume for anyone who wants to know everything a 19th century woman...
  11. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    Period Brussels Biscuits or Rusks

    This recipe originally from The Cook's Guide by Charles Francatelli published in 1862 is for a simple biscuit (more commonly called a cookie in the US) that came into popularity in the Georgian period in England. Initially it was given to very young children who were just starting on solid...
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