Robin Dotson

Gift boxes sent to Union soldiers from home might contain the
traditional gingerbread along with items such as socks, soap, and other foods.

1 Tbsp. butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups molasses
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1 cup very hot water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish or pan
with the butter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, soda and spices, and
cut in softened butter to the flour mixture with a fork. Combine molasses, egg
and water in a small mixing bowl. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry
ingredients and stir well. Pour the batter into a baking pan and bake 35 - 40
minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Makes 9 servings.
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