Ginger Cookies Recipes from 1913

Ginger Cookies Recipes from 1913

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When I think of ginger cookies, I think of winter.  There is something about ginger that goes so nicely with winter.  I want to snuggle up in a blanket with a warm soft ginger cookie and a glass of milk when I read through these recipes.  They are sure to produce excellent ginger cookies.  Mrs. Neibert won first prize with her soft ginger cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

Mrs. Neibert’s Soft Ginger Cakes Recipe

First Prize

To one cup of lard and butter creamed together add 1 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs well beaten and 1 cup of best Orleans molasses.  Beat the mixture well and add one teaspoon each of ginger and cinnamon.  Dissolve one teaspoon of baking powder in a cup of boiling water and add to mixture, beating thoroughly.  Sift flour and mix until the dough becomes soft enough to roll.  Roll out about one-half inch thick and cut out with a cake or cookie cutter.  Place in a greased pan and bake in a moderate oven about 15 minutes.  On removing, dust with powdered sugar, which adds much to the flavor of these cakes.

Your truly, Mrs. J. F. Neibert, 356 S. Broadway, Dayton, Ohio.  Source: The Dayton Herald – 6 Mar 1913.


Mrs. Neibert's Soft Ginger Cakes Recipe



Mrs. Dieterle’s Ginger Cookies Recipe

Second Prize

Cream one-half cup soft butter, and one-half cup sugar, add one cup of Dove brand molasses and stir will, one teaspoonful of ginger and of cinnamon, one teaspoonful of soda dissolved in one-half cup of warm water.  Add two and one-half cups of flour, or enough flour to make a soft dough; roll one-fourth of an inch thick, cut and bake in a hot oven.

Mrs. J. F. Dieterle, R. R. 12, Dayton, Ohio.  Source:  The Dayton Herald – 6 Mar 1913.

Mrs. Dieterle's Ginger Cookies Recipe




Mrs. Helmer’s Ginger Cookies Recipe

Third Prize

1 cup of light brown sugar, 1/2 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of lard, 1 egg, 3/4 cup of hot water, 1 1/2 cup of Orleans molasses, 1 1/2 teaspoonfuls of ginger, 1 teaspoonful of soda, 1/2 teaspoonful of baking powder and flour enough for soft dough.  Cream the sugar, butter and lard, add the egg well beaten.  Dissolve soda in hot water and pour into the molasses; add this to the sugar.  Mix baking powder with flour and add the ginger.  Bake in a moderate oven.

Mrs. C. H. Helmer, 115 Ferguson Ave., City.  Source: The Dayton Herald – 6 Mar 1913.

Mrs. Helmer's Ginger Cookies Recipe



Mrs. Dickensheets’ Ginger Cookies Recipe

Fourth Prize

The following is my recipe for ginger cookies which I hope will meet with your approval: 1 pint brown sugar, 1 pint Orleans molasses, 1 pint lard, 1 pint sour milk, 3 tablespoonfuls soda, dissolved in sour milk, 1 teaspoonful ginger, 1 teaspoonful cinnamon, 1 teaspoonful cloves, 1 whole nutmeg.  Mix the above ingredients with flour until it is as stiff as bread dough.  It is not good unless mixed the nigh before, and it can be kept in a cool place for a few days.  You can make a few cakes every day as long as it lasts.

Respectfully yours, Mrs. A. Dickensheets, 126 Pritz Ave, City.  Source: The Dayton Herald – 6 Mar 1913.

Mrs. Dickensheets' Ginger Cookies Recipe




Mrs. Nicholas’ Ginger Cookies Recipe

Fifth Prize

Two cups of New Orleans molasses, one cup brown sugar, one cup lard, one cup boiling water, one tablespoon ginger, one level tablespoon soda, pinch of salt.  Stir together lard and sugar, add molasses and ginger, stir well.  Dissolve soda in hot water and stir flour enough to make a stiff dough.  Roll thin and bake them in hot oven.  I think them very nice.

Yours truly, Mrs. G. H. Nicholas, No. 10 Frederick St., City.  Source: The Dayton Herald – 6 Mar 1913.

Mrs. Nicholas' Ginger Cookies Recipe




Mrs. Honnold’s Ginger Cookie Recipe

Sixth Prize

One-half cup of butter, one-half cup of sugar and one cup of molasses, two teaspoons ginger, one teaspoon cinnamon, one teaspoon soda, one-half cup hot water, two and one-half cups of flour.  Mixing – Cream butter and sugar and add the molasses; sift in the ginger and cinnamon; add the soda dissolved in the water and sift in enough of the flour to make a soft dough, roll one-fourth inch thick.  Cut out and bake in hot oven.

Mrs. H. Honnold, 1230 Wayne Ave., City.  Source: The Dayton Herald – 6 Mar 1913.

Mrs. Honnold's Ginger Cookies Recipe




Mrs. Hole’s Ginger Cookies Recipe

Seventh Prize

Take one cup sugar, one cup lard and one egg, and beat them to a cream, then add one cup baking syrup, one cup buttermilk, one teaspoon soda; dissolve the soda in buttermilk, one level tablespoon ginger, one teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg.  Flour to mix as soft as can be handled easily.  Bake in moderate oven.  These are excellent.

Mrs. John E.  Hole, 827 Lowes St., Dayton, Ohio.  Source:  The Dayton Herald – 6 Mar 1913.

Mrs. Hole's Ginger Cookies Recipe

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