In honour of Valentine’s Day I thought it would be appropriate to make Kisses (p.228) from a recipe submitted by Mrs. Fred Sengbusch to the 1906 Berlin Cook Book.
Mrs. Fred Sengbusch is likely Emma Stuckhardt who married Frederick Sengbusch and had one son. In the 1901 census Emma is 31 and Frederick is 34 while Herbert is 10. Ten years later the three of them are still recorded together in the census. Over the years Frederick worked as a factory hand and then as a cabinet maker in a furniture factory. Not surprisingly this family is Lutheran and of German heritage. Herbert has become an upholsterer by 1911. Sadly Frederick dies in 1914 but I don’t know any details. http://generations.regionofwaterloo.ca/getperson.php?personID=I187379&tree=generations
Most of the Kiss recipes I’ve encountered have been based on meringue and require lots of egg whites. This recipe is quite different. It is more like a sugar cookie.
This recipe is simply a list of ingredients and lacks any sort of directions which is typical for many of the cookie recipes in the Berlin Cook Book. I used my best judgement when it came to making the dough and in baking the cookies. I creamed the butter and sugar and added the eggs. Mixed the baking powder and flour together and then added it to the other ingredients. I decided to try making the dough into small balls and flattening them. I left some as balls just to see what would happen. I baked them for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
The result was a white cookie which was a bit chewy inside and crispy at the edges. I liked them although they are certainly plain. They could probably be rolled out and cut into interesting shapes. A modern cook might want to add sugar sprinkles to the top or flavour the cookie dough with vanilla. These were all possible in 1912 too.
Share these with a sweetie who likes things simple!
2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder.