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Abraham Lincoln and his Gingerbread Men (1847) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Doris Pearson

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sorghum (use dark molasses)
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ginger
1/4 pound (1 stick) cold butter

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Pour the milk into a glass measuring cup. Add the sorghum and stir the two together. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, baking soda and ginger. Slice the butter into small pieces and using a pastry cutter or two knives cut into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like cornmeal. Add the milk and sorghum mixture and stir well with a fork or spoon. The dough should be like children's play-clay. If it is too sticky, add small amounts of flour (no more than 2 tablespoons) or refrigerate until it can be worked easily. To make men about 4 inches high, break off a piece of dough a little larger than a golf ball. Place it on a counter or cutting board and roll it lightly under your palms forming a pencil-like piece of dough 12 inches long. Break off 4 inches and set aside. This will become the arms. Fold the remaining dough in half to from a narrow, upside down “v.” Grasp at the folded top, pinch together 1 inch down from the top and twist, forming the head and neck. Place the arm piece across the back under the head. Gently press to secure. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until men are lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Watch closely as dough or batter with sorghum or molasses burns quickly.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
18 men 4-inches tall
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe fits Lincoln’s description of a gingerbread man sturdy enough to stuff into a pocket and soft enough for a poor Hoosier lad to “cram into his mouth in two bites.”
Copyright 2009 Rae Katherine Eighmey. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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