Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

October 2014

Sour Cream Cookies

3 eggs 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sour cream 3 cups cake flour


Beat eggs until frothy. Slowly beat in sugar a little at a time. Beat in sour cream. Sift dry ingredients together and stir into egg mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a buttered and floured cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated hot (400F) oven 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 3 to 3 1/2 dozen 1 1/2” cookies. These wonderfully good cookies are from an old Enfield community recipe.

Sister Marguerite, Canterbury


This and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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