Naked with me on this recipe, as a result of as common, there are loads of shifting elements.
At Tim Carroll’s current “Tim Talk” with George McManus at Peninsula Neighborhood Library, Tim occurred to say Mrs. Dana’s well-known cookies generally known as “Cry Infants.” I don’t know the way it got here up, however you by no means know the place the dialog will go together with Tim. A few of his finest reminiscences come out when he goes down the rabbit gap.
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Since that point – and oddly sufficient – the recipe for Cry Infants has come up just a few different instances. First, I had somebody randomly e mail me asking if I had the recipe. Then final week, Laura Johnson and Barb Hansen had been on the Dougherty House when a customer there requested in the event that they knew about Mrs. Dana’s well-known Cry Infants recipe. Laura and Barb emailed me to see if I had any information.
So I searched via my archives of classic Previous Mission cookbooks and located just a few recipes for Cry Infants in a cookbook dated 1922 – “The Previous Mission Prepare dinner E book Compiled by the Girls’ Support Society of the Congregational Church.” Right here’s the quilt.
This cookbook is on mortgage from Mary Jo (Solomonson) Lance. You may recall that Tim and I interviewed Mary Jo and her mom, Vi Solomonson, just a few years in the past, about their a few years of proudly owning the Peninsula Phone Firm. Vi passed away last June on the age of 92.
Nonetheless, the recipes on this 1922 cookbook aren’t from Mrs. Dana, though there are many different recipes in there from Rose Dana, who I consider might have been Gardner Dana’s spouse. The Cry Infants recipes are from Ella Drew, Mary B. Carter, and Mary B. Marshall.
Additionally, rumor has it that Mrs. Dana’s recipe featured a lemony icing in between two cookies – form of an old style Oreo – and none of those recipes embody that.
Yesterday, I used to be speaking with my pal, Marge Lengthy (we purchased our property right here on Bluff Highway from her mother and father, Ed and Jo Brown). I discussed the Cry Infants, and he or she supplied to make one of many recipes from the 1922 cookbook and see the way it turned out.
So I despatched all three recipes to Marge, and he or she modified Ella Drew’s recipe to make use of Crisco as a substitute of lard. Most individuals don’t have a cup of lard hanging across the kitchen lately. And as with so many classic recipes, none of them included temperature or cooking time or different specifics, so Marge added these, as effectively.
By the best way, at the back of the 1922 cookbook are a number of pages of commercials, and there’s an advert for “Roy Drew, Chief Engineer on Steamer ‘McKinnon,’ Previous Mission, Michigan.” In line with the 1920 census, Roy R. Drew, born round 1887, was married to Ella Drew, and so they had a son named Robert D. Drew. Roy’s mom was Mary A. Drew.
Right here’s the web page of adverts from the cookbook…
And right here’s the census web page that lists the Drews… for those who click on on it (twice), you may carry it up bigger.
Okay, on with the recipes! Right here is Ella’s unique recipe.
Ella Drew’s Cry Infants Cookie Recipe
“One cup sugar, 1 cup lard, 2 eggs, 1 cup molasses, 1 cup scorching espresso, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1-2 teaspoon cloves, 2 teaspoons (degree) soda, 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder, 5 cups flour. Drop in greased pan with teaspoon and ice with powdered sugar. Ella Drew.”
And right here is Marge’s modified recipe. That’s her photograph of the cookies with a cup of tea on the prime of this story. Nice presentation, Marge!
Ella Drew’s Cry Infants Cookie Recipe (as modified by Marge Lengthy)
One cup sugar, 1 cup Crisco, 2 eggs, 1 cup molasses (sturdy), 1 cup scorching espresso, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1-2 teaspoon cloves, 2 teaspoons (degree) soda, 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder, 5 cups flour.
Beat collectively sugar and Crisco. Add eggs, then espresso and molasses.
Mix dry elements and add to the moist combination. Bake at 350 levels for 10 minutes. Drop by heaping teaspoonful onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Combine up a easy powdered sugar frosting and apply to cookies (cookies could be heat).
(And if you wish to re-create Mrs. Dana’s aforementioned recipe with lemony icing between two cookies – like an Oreo – I’d think about you could possibly add lemon to the icing and smush it between two of the cookies…?)
By the best way, listed here are the opposite two Cry Infants recipes from the 1922 cookbook. Be aware that these embody lemon and vinegar.
Additionally, Cry Infants will not be particular to Previous Mission. When you seek for “Cry Infants Cookies,” you’ll see that they had been a preferred recipe just a few generations in the past, and there are all kinds of modified recipes on the Interwebs. Here’s one that has chocolate chips and raisins in it.
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