Authentic Coasting Cookies

Nov 26, 2016
central NC

(Courtesy of This Victorian Life.)
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.

Eight ounces of butter.

Half a pint of molasses.

One tablespoonful of soda, beaten very hard in the molasses.

One tablespoonful of coriander seed, and one of carraway [sic], pounded in a mortar.

Ginger to taste.

Soften the butter, stir in the molasses, ginger, seeds, and flour; roll thin, cut, and bake in a quick oven."

Recreated recipe:​

3 1/3 cups flour
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup molasses
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon whole caraway
1 Tablespoon coriander
1 Tablespoon powdered ginger

Crush the caraway and coriander together.

Add the ginger and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the molasses and baking soda 2-3 minutes. It will turn a very pretty pale caramel color.

Add the butter and flour and mix well.

Roll the dough into balls 1 1/2" in diameter.

Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.

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