Mrs. Jemison's Jumbles

Southern Living
"Jumbles are one of the earliest types of cookies. This is from the handwritten 1862 household book of Mrs. Priscilla Jemison," Rae Katherine says.
8 dozen


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1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground mace
1/3 cup sugar


Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Combine flour, baking soda, and mace; add to butter mixture, beating until blended.

Divide dough into 8 portions; divide each portion into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3-inch log, and gently press ends together to form a circle.

Place 1/3 cup sugar in a saucer. Gently press 1 side of cookies in sugar, and place, sugared side up, on greased baking sheets; flatten cookies slightly.

Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Created date

December 2000