Dolley Madison Sugar Cookies (1810s)

From the Jane Austen Centre website, these cookies are “claimed to have been served by Dolley Madison to her husband James Madison,” which puts them in the 1810s.

2 cups butter
¾ cup milk
4 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
10 egg yolks, beaten
1 tsp cinnamon
10 egg whites, beaten
Flour to suit

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cream butter and sugar in large wooden mixing bowl. Stir in custard-like egg yolks. Follow this by lightly stirring in stiffly beaten egg whites. Add milk. Dissolve baking soda in a little boiling water and blend with other ingredients. Lastly add cinnamon and blend. Add flour until dough gets to a workable consistency. Bake for 100-12 minutes (cookies won’t change color).

These are best with syllabub!!

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