17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Sounds like the Algebra exam was tough. When my children were young, I used to bake cookies to cheer them up when they got home after a rough day at school. I now receive emails from the university my daughter attends asking if I want to buy a care package that will be delivered to her during finals week. Did Grandma’s mother have warm, fresh-baked cookies when Grandma arrived home from school to show she cared?
Here’s a recipe for Ginger Snaps that appeared in the April 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal.
½ Cupful of Molasses
½ Cupful of Sugar
½ Cupful of Butter
Set on the fire and boil for five minutes. Cool, then add
1 Teaspoonful of Ginger
1 Teaspoonful of Soda
1 Tablespoonful of Vinegar
Flour enough to roll
I used approximately 2 cups of flour. I rolled the dough out until it was thin and then baked in a 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes.
The ginger snaps were excellent and perfect with a glass of milk.
An aside—I love how old recipes call for a teaspoonful of this and a cupful of that instead of just using the terms teaspoon and cup. It’s so much more descriptive.