Caraway or anise seeds, ground coriander or anise seed ; chopped shelled nuts; grated or shredded cocoanut; grated orange or lemon rind; English currants; fine cut or ground raisins, citron, figs and dates; sometimes a raisin or half a blanched almond or half of a pecan or hickory nut meat in the center of each.
All cooky dough should be set in a cold place for 2 hrs. or longer before rolling out. Roll out in cool room on well floured board. Cut the cakes all out, put on tins and set in cold place before beginning to bake them as the baking will require all one's attention.
Very thin dough may be cut oblong, round or in any desired shape and some of the following fillings placed between each two pieces before they are bakedGround or mashed dates or figs rolled thin and cut with the same cutter that the dough was cut with; raspberry or other fruit jams and jellies or orange marmalade, also some of the suitable cake fillings.
It may sometimes be more convenient to cut the dough into strips 4 in. wide, spread half the width with the fruit, fold the other half over, pinch down the edge and cut into 3 in. lengths.
Tops of cookies may sometimes be brushed with white of egg and water or with syrup of 1/2 cup each sugar and water boiled together; or, sprinkled with sugar, coriander, chopped nuts or suitable fruits.
Instead of sprinkling cookies with different materials, brush the tops with milk and turn them on to any preparation or mixture desired.
Grated and sifted maple sugar may be used in place of other sugar in cookies by using a somewhat smaller quantity.
Oil and flour pans for baking cookies.
It is a good plan to bake cookies on the bottom of inverted dripping pans. This prevents them from burning on the bottom and it is easier to remove them from the tins.
(From an old recipe book of my auntie's, published in 1846)
By weight-1/2 lb. butter, 1/2 lb. sugar, 10 ozs. flour.
Cream butter, add sugar, beaten eggs, flavoring and flour; let stand in cold place until thoroughly cold; roll 3/8 - 1/2 in. thick. Bake in oven which is moderately hot at first, so cakes will not spread. Be careful not to burn.
A little more flour may be used if preferred, also half oil instead of all butter, and brown sugar instead of granulated.
For Jumbles, break off pieces of dough the size of a walnut and make into rings by rolling out rolls as large as the finger and joining the ends; or, cut in rings; dust with sugar.