NEW YEAR’S COOKIES.
Rub three quarters of a pound of butter into a pound of flour. Take a half pint of boiling water and pour over a pound and a half of light brown sugar in a bowl; dissolve a small teaspoonful of soda in two large spoons of hot water.
Add flour only sufficient to roll out very thin; cut it out in oblong shapes with a jogging iron; bake quickly in a hot oven.
In New York they mark these cakes with mottos, — Christmas and New Year’s.
Source: The American homebook of in-door games, amusements…, 1872