The novel, Sunflower Sisters takes place during the American Civil War. There is one scene where the Woolsey sisters give molasses cookies to the soldiers.
This recipe for molasses cookies is adapted from a Menonite Cookbook from the 1860’s. The original called for lard instead of butter.
I cut the recipe in half, but found that I needed to add another 1/2 cup of flour. The dough is very sticky. The cookies are soft and chewy, full of ginger and other spices. My cookies looked very different from the ones on the website where I got the recipe.
If you want to “modernize” these cookies, I highly recommend spreading some cookie butter between two of them. Yum!!