To three pound flour, sprinkle a tea cup of fine powdered coriander seed, rub in one pound butter, and one and half pound sugar, dissolve three tea spoonfuls of pearl ash in a tea cup of milk, kneed all together well, roll three quarters of an inch thick, and cut or stamp into shape and size you please, bake slowly fifteen or twenty minutes; tho' hard and dry at first, if put into an earthern pot, and dry cellar, or damp room, they will be finer, softer and better when six months old.
From American Cookery by Amelia Simmons, 1796
3 cups of flour
1/8 (4 tbsps.) cup of coriander
¼ lb. of butter
1-2 cups of milk; mix until the dough feels like pie crust
¾ cup of sugar
¾ tsp. baking soda/cream of tartar mix
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a baking pan. In a large bowl, rub butter into flour, sugar, and coriander. Dissolve baking soda & cream of tartar in the milk. Add to flour mixture and combine well. Roll out on a board ½ inch thick, cut with your favorite shaped cutters, bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!