Submitted by Jackie Brown, Greenbrier, Ark.

There is some history behind this German recipe. Jackie Brown’s grandpa was born on a ship coming to American, so her mother is half German. This recipe is from the late 1800s, which is why the ingredients are very unique.


• 1 quart of molasses

• 2 pounds brown sugar

• 1 Tbsp lard (shortening)

• 1 Tbsp each of cloves, cinnamon, allspice and baking soda 

• 1 1/2 tsp black pepper

• 1 juice glass of wine of whiskey (can substitute fruit juice)

• 1 pint of nutmeats (plain, unsalted nuts work)

• 1 egg

• Flour

• 1 to 2 C citron (candied fruit of orange or lemon peal)


Using a wooden spoon, mix all ingredients, except flour and citron, in a large pan. Add citron. Add flour gradually; start with 3 to 4 C and mix. Keep adding flour until dough is no longer sticky. You may wind up using 6 or more cups of flour Cover the pan with cloth and set aside for overnight. The next morning, roll out dough until it’s 1/4-inch or less. Cut with a sharp knife to make squares. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees). Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Cookies will be soft and then harden.


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