New Years Cakes

NEW YORK COOKIES. --Take a half-pint or a tumbler full of cold water, and mix it with half a pound of powdered white sugar. Sift three pounds of flour into a large pan, and cut up in it a pound of butter; rub the butter very fine into the flour. Add a grated nutmeg, and a tea-spoonful of powdered cinnamon, with a wine glass of rose water. Work in the sugar, and make the whole into a stiff dough, adding, if necessary, a little cold water. Dissolve a tea-spoonful of pearl-ash in just enough of warm water to cover it, and mix it in at the last. Take the lump of dough out of the pan, and knead it on the paste-board till it becomes quite light. Then roll it out rather more than half an inch thick, and cut it into square cakes with a jagging iron or with a sharp knife. Stamp the surface of each with a cake print. Lay them in buttered pans, and bake them of a light brown in a brisk oven. They are similar to what are called New Year's cakes, and will keep two or three weeks. In mixing the dough, you may add three table-spoonfuls of carraway seeds. Eliza Leslie. Directions for Cookery, 1840


New York Cookies. Leslie. Directions for Cookery, 1840
New Year's Cake. Allen. Housekeeper's Assistant. 1845
New Year's Cake. Howland. New England Economical Housekeeper. 1845
New Year’s Cookies . Mrs. Beecher . Domestic receipt-book. 1850
New Year Cake. Lea. Domestic Cookery. 1851
Jenny Lind Cake. (For “New Year’s Cookies”) Webster. Improved Housewife. 1851
New Years Cookies. Mrs. Goodfellow's Cookery as it should be. 1865
New Year's Biscuits. Jennie June's American Cookery Book. 1870
New Year’s Cakes. Marion Harland”s Common sense in the household, 1872
New Year's Cookies. Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book. 1884
Rich New Year's Cakes. Caroline Emma Watkins cookbook.

Hudson Valley writers mention New Years cookies

Washington Irving . Salmagundi
Washington Irving . Rip Van Winkle
James K. Paulding. Tales of the good woman. The Ride of Saint Nicholas
Skinner. The Hudson And Its Hills. The Baker’s Dozen
Jenny Lind Cake Board

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