The following recipe was collected
by Elma Heim Larimore.
She says, “trying to get a recipe
for Grandma’s best loved cookies was a major project, for Grandma “used
the judgment” method. If you tried to nail her down on some of the
measurements she was cagey. A bowl of sour cream, a couple handful of
flour, a pinch of salt, two “blubs” of molasses --- who could make
cookies that way? Grandma could and they were
was Mrs. Jacob G. Heim, but I rather think a lot of other “grandmas”
made them too. This is the best we could do,
though they rarely come out as good as hers. Is
it us, the ingredients, the stone jar she kept them in, or our lack of
cup of sorghum molasses,
1 cup sour cream,
1 cup brown sugar,
3 heaping teaspoons lard,
1 teaspoon soda
½ teaspoon nutmeg,
about 3 ½ cups flour.
a spoon on greased pan, bake in a moderate oven till edges are brown
and center springs back when touched lightly. When cooled store in a
covered container. They were moist and sticky
and good. A soft cookie which makes you smile
and want more than one.
This recipe taken from the
“Folklore” book of the Pennsylvania Colony of Nebraska. Great
Christmas present and can be purchased from the Colony for $20.