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A handwritten letter sent from Sallie B. Fox to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated August 3, 1958. Within, Fox writes in response to a cookie inquiry made during Shoemaker's program. She includes the recipes for sand tarts and A. Piece cookies.
Sallie B. Fox
Alfred L. Shoemaker
Packet 684-47 to 684-49
Aug. 3, 1958
My sister and I listen regularly to your broadcasts and enjoy very much hearing about things Pennsylvania Dutch. I have a hobby of collecting recipes so thought I would answer your Cookie question as I see it. A. Piece is a cookie about ½ inch thick and Sand tarts are a very thin cookie. I am sending a recipe for each kind and you will see they are very different from each other. A. Piece was our favorite cookie in my childhood home the year round by young and old alike. At Christmas time they were cut with many different shaped cookie cutters, baked, and when cool iced with white icing, then sprinkled with a certain powder in different colors. Of course we don’t use that powder anymore but Oh! it just made those childhood cookies wonderful, how often I wish I could have them now, like that.
(Miss) Sallie B. Fox
350 Vineyard St.
This recipe was handed down from Mrs. Benjamin F. Wilhelm, wife of a well-known physician of early Bethlehem, she and her husband dying here in 1870.
1 lb. sugar - ¾ lb. butter - 4 eggs - 1 ½ lb. flour. Mix first four ingredients with a spoon, first softening the butter. Then knead and work in flour with the hand. It will make a fairly stiff dough. This is best if mixed in the evening and allowed to stand in a cold place over night.
In the morning roll as thin a possible, cut with cookie cutters after sprinkling with granulated sugar. Put cookies on cookie sheet, or cookie pans, brush center with egg, press chopped nut meats in center, and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
Bake to a golden brown.
Grandmother’s A. Piece
This interesting family recipe with the unusual name makes the kind of cookies which the children will particularly enjoy. It is a very old recipe.
1. lb. granulated sugar,
1 cup melted butter,
1 scant cup sour milk,
1 tsp. Baking soda,
Stir the soda into the sour milk and mix with other ingredients. Add flour enough to handle dough (not too stiff). Chill, roll out and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake in a moderate oven.
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Fox, Sallie B., "Letter From Sallie B. Fox to Alfred L. Shoemaker, August 3, 1958" (1958). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 72.
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