Poorhouse Cookies

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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.

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Poorhouse Cookies

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

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!

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