I finally got to go on vacation home to Maine this week. The weather didn’t entirely cooperate, but I still had a wonderful, relaxing time. In honor of that, this week’s cookie recipe is from the cookbook I bought years ago at Norlands, a living history farm in rural Maine. We went there a few times on field trips, and I remember helping to cook on the old black wood stove in the farmhouse kitchen. My most vivid memory was of drinking too much apple cider and having to spend a bit of time in the outhouse with the corncobs. 🙂 We didn’t make cookies, but this is one of their recipes.
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp saleratus (baking soda)
pinch of salt
1/3 cup treacle (molasses)
Cream butter and sugar; add egg. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with treacle. Drop onto greased pan. Bake in a moderate oven (350 F) until done (10-12 minutes).
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So now you know!