1938 Boston Brown Cookies Recipe

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Jul. 21, 2019

Today Glen bakes this 1938 Boston Brown Cookies Recipe. These cookies are a take on "The Boston Cookie" recipe found in many American cookbooks and newspapers starting in the early 1880's. There are a few variations to the recipes, mostly with regards to spicing and the fruits used. They share what seems like a common ancestor in early Hermit recipes.


Shortening 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Soda 1 Teaspoon
Walnuts 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Raisins 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Dates 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Eggs 2
Salt 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Allspice 1 Teaspoon
Ground cloves 1 Teaspoon
Cinnamon powder 1 Teaspoon



1. Preheat oven to 190ºC (375ºF).


2. Cream together shortening, sugar and eggs.

3. Mix salt and spices into flour.

4. Stir flour into creamed mixture a little at a time.

5. Stir in fruit and nuts.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

7. Makes about 36 cookies.


8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 18