Gingerbread cookies were one of Lincoln's favorites. In "The Prairie Years", Carl Sandburg told a story of Abraham Lincoln and gingerbread. This is story that Lincoln told in his senatorial debates with Stephen A, Douglas in 1838. Lincoln said, according to Sandburg: "When we lived in Indiana, once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum and ginger and make some gingerbread. It wasn't often and it was our biggest treat. One day I smelled the gingerbread and came into the house to get my share while it was still hot. My mother had baked me three gingerbread men. I took them out under a hickory tree to eat them. There was a family near us poorer than we were and their boy came along as I sat down. 'Abe,' he said, 'gimme a man.' I gave him one. He crammed it into his mouth in two bites and looked at me while I was biting the legs off my first one. 'Abe, gimme that other'n'. I wanted it myself, but I gave it to him and as it followed the first, I said to him, 'You seem to like gingerbread.' "Abe', he said, 'I don't s'pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better'n I do-and gets less'n I do.." The audience loved this story and it was widely published in newspapers. Years later, Lincoln reportedly repeated the story in the White House, mentioning details of his mother's recipe. Her recipe has been lost but I am listing one for all to follow and enjoy these wonderful cookies. Gingerbread Men Cookies: 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature, softened 2 eggs 1/2 cup molasses In a medium bowl, combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat brown sugar and butter for about 3 minutes or until well blended. Add eggs and molasses and beat on low speed until combined. With spoon slowly stir in flour mixture until well blended. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces then flatten. Wrap each third in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour or until dough is firm to roll. Roll out dough and cut with gingerbread cutter. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.