This section is from the book "Philadelphia Cook Book: A Manual Of Home Economies", by Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer. Also available from Amazon: Philadelphia Cook Book.
1 cup of sugar 1/2 nutmeg, grated 1/2 pint of milk 1/2 cup of butter
1 teaspoonful of baking-powder
Sufficient flour to make a dough
Beat the butter to a cream; add the sugar and beat again. Beat the eggs all together until light, add them to the butter and sugar; add the milk, nutmeg, baking-powder, and flour; mix well. Roll out, cut with a round cutter, and bake in a moderate oven until a light brown.
1 cup of molasses
1 cup of strong boiling coffee
1 tablespoonful of ginger
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of lard
1/2 cup of butter 1 teaspoonful of cinnamon 1 teaspoonful of baking-soda
Mix the butter and lard together. Dissolve the soda in a tablespoonful of boiling water, then stir it into the molasses, which add to the butter and lard; add the spices, and mix all well together. Pour over the boiling ccffee, and add sufficient flour to make a soft dough. Then roll out about three-quarters of an inch in thickness, cut with a round cutter, and bake in a moderately quick oven about fifteen minutes.