Crystal & Jewells
It's time for holiday sweets! Here is a little Elizabethan cookie history bite to serve up with your next batch of 'em.
In 1585, English cookery and housekeeping author Thomas Dawson published an influential book called "Goode Huswife’s Jewell". He included recipes for medicines as well as food, and he included familiar recipes like pancakes, salad with vinaigrette, and fruit tarts using fruits such as apple, pear, peach, cherry, and mulberry.
The cookie recipe he included would have produced small, yellow, spiced cookies. He wrote:
"Take fine flowre and good Damaske water you must have no other liqeur but that, then take sweet butter, two or three yolkes of eggs and a good quantity of suger, and a few cloves, and mace, as your Cookes mouth shall serve him, and a lyttle saffron . . . they shall arise, cutte them in squares lyke unto trenchers, and pricke them well, and let your oven be well swept and lay them uppon papers and so set them into the oven. Do not burne them if they be three or foure days olde they bee the better."