Although my world is still topsy turvy I did not want to stop this project. Women contributing recipes to the 1906 Berlin Cook Book, or living in the new city of Berlin in 1912, had to keep cooking and taking care of family no matter what was happening around them. So today’s recipe is one submitted by Miss Ed. Heller for Spice Cookies. I have chosen to make half the recipe.
I creamed the 1/2 cup of butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar and then added the2 eggs. Making the sour milk was a little tricky with such a small amount. I put two tablespoons of milk in a little bowl and added a dribble of white vinegar. I added the sour milk to the rest of the mixture. Next I added a 1/2 teaspoon of each of the spices, baking soda and cream of tartar. Once that was mixed I added 1 and 3/4 cups of flour. I dropped teaspoons of the soft batter onto a greased cookie sheet and baked at 350 degrees F. for 10 minutes. I let them cool and then tasted.
Miss Edna H. Heller was a 13 year old school girl in the 1901 census. She lived with her parents and a female lodger. Her mother was born in Germany and the family was Lutheran. Later she became a sales clerk in a china store but continued to live with her parents at 57 Ellen Street. Her father was a grocer.
These cookies do taste of spice but they are not outstanding cookies. They are okay cookies. The spices are surprisingly mild. I probably won’t bother making them again.
4 eggs, 3 cups sugar, 4 tablespoons sour milk, 1 cup butter, 1 teaspoon each of cloves, cinamon, allspice and nutmeg, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 3 1/2 cups flour