Having just wrapped up our very successful Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium, it got me thinking about what kind of food and nourishment the officers and soldiers had during the Civil War. Though most of the soldiers’ living and eating conditions were terribly rough and basic, many of the baked goods they commonly ate are surprisingly scrumptious.
Here is a recipe for a sweet treat that has been adapted for modern kitchens. Give it a try!
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1/4 cup of applesauce
- Beat the eggs until thick. Add sugar and continue beating until well mixed.
- Add flour that has been sifted with baking soda, salt, spices, and baking powder. Mix well.
- Add raisins and applesauce. Stir until well blended.
- Use a tablespoon to drop cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375F until done for approximately 10-12 minutes.
Top with powdered sugar, your choice of icing, or even eat plain.