Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Thomas Jefferson's Bachelor Button Cookies (1801)

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tspns baking powder
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • Maraschino cherry halves, well-drained
 Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add to creamed mixture, Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 3 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Press a cherry half in center of each cookie. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 1/2 dozen

More Presidential Recipes
Thomas Jefferson's Macaroni and Cheese (1802)
Martha Washington's Nutmeg Custard Pie (1770)

(Origin - "The Southern Heritage Cookie Jar Cookbook" by Southern Living, part of Oxmoor House. Inc, 1985.)

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