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 Holiday Cookies During the Civil War

Holiday Cookies During the Civil War

Courtesy of the New York Public Library

Courtesy of the New York Public Library

In honor of National Cookie Day, we share this story about the origin of molasses cookies. During the Civil War Union blockades prevented the importation of sugar from Louisiana, Florida, and the Caribbean to ports in the Carolinians and Virginia. As a result the confederate government rationed sugar, particularly in non-sugar producing states. To meet the challenge of cooking during the Civil War many recipes called for molasses. One of the most popular dessert dishes that resulted from this circumstance was molasses cookies that are still being prepared today.

Eating While Poor in the Jim Crow South

Eating While Poor in the Jim Crow South

Your Contempt Can Fill My Pie

Your Contempt Can Fill My Pie