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Cookie recipes found in government documents.

Government documents have a sweet side. Many agencies from the Department of Agriculture to the War Department published recipes of sweet and savory treats. Here you will find a growing selection of recipes. Below are some thrifty recipes. 

Booklet of sweet potato recipes published by the United States Bureau of Home Economics, in 1932

Orange Drop Cookies

Orange Drop Cookies

Source: Aunt Sammy’s Radio Recipes, 1927, Bureau of Home Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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2 cups flour                         4 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup sugar                         2 eggs
4 tablespoons butter      4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt                2  tablespoons grated orange rind

Cream together the grated rind of the orange and the butter. Gradually beat in the sugar, the beaten eggs and the orange juice. Add flour and baking powder which have been mixed together. Drop the batter by teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet or an inverted pan and bake in a quick over. 

Crumb cookies

Crumb Cookies

Source: The Day Book, 1914, Chronicling America. Chronicling America is the Library of Congress’s free database of newspapers. Check out this database for more wonderful recipes. 


Cream ½ cup of lard with 1 cup of sugar, add 2 eggs and beat thoroughly. Add ½ cup of molasses, teaspoon each salt and cinnamon. Dissolve 2 level teaspoons of soda in ½ cup of sour milk, add to egg and sugar mixture. Two cups of fine bread crumbs and flour enough to roll. Cut into shape and drop bit of jelly jam or apple sauce in center of each cookie. Bake quickly.

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