Gift boxes sent to Union soldiers from home might contain the traditional gingerbread along with items such as socks, soap, and other foods.
- 1 TB butter 2 1/2 Cups flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 Cup butter 1 1/4 Cups molasses 1 egg 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. allspice 1 Cup very hot water
- Preheat the oven to 350ï¿½ F. Grease a 9" square baking pan with the butter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, soda and spices, and cut in softened butter to the flour mixture with a fork. Combine molasses, egg and water in a small mixing bowl. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well. Pour the batter into a baking pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Makes 9 servings.
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