Most versions of this old-fashioned cookie bake up rock-hard and overly spiced. Our recipe revives this New England specialty to what it should be: soft and chewy, with a perfect balance of sugar and spice.
These once-popular cinnamon-sugar cookies are now mostly forgotten-maybe because the dough is so hard to work with. We wanted to resurrect these thin, crisp, buttery cookies with an easier recipe.
This Massachusetts spice cookie dates back 200 years and was originally made with seawater and rum.
The origins of this classic confection date to the early part of the 20th century to either coastal Maine or the rich baking tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch. In either case, we wanted to update the slightly fusty, lard-laced recipe.
Modern washing machines made washboards a thing of the past, but these cookies are too good to forget.