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Letter to Mother with Food Recipe---Demi Petree

Dear Mother,
I'm sorry for how little I've written to you lately, but you know how limited my free time is. During the battle of Antietam, near Dunker Church, my regiment and I were marching as ordered from General Lee. My friend and I saw a child hiding over in one of the corn fields, so we left our post to go and see what was troubling her. She told me that she couldn't find her mother, so I asked her where the most likely place she could be. She said the farmhouse, but she didn't want to go alone. My friend and I walked with her to the farmhouse to find her mother worried sick about where she was. Her mother thanked us and offered to make us cookies for our trip back to camp. We kindly accepted considering the food we usually eat at camp is atrocious. After the battle, we returned back to camp to share our findings with the other soldiers. The mother and daughter were able to conjure up this extraordinary meal filled with extravagant taste compared to our regular meals. Anyways, she gave us the recipe for us to make for whenever we return home. Since cookies are you're favorite, I thought you might enjoy it just as much as I did. I hope you think of the little girl and I when you eat them.  Love you.
Andy Hatfield

Here's the recipe:


  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1¾ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs 
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

Prep: 30 min.
Cook: 8-10 min.

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the stated ingredients. Knead dough for a few turns on a floured board until smooth or knead in the medium bowl. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. On the cookie board place 1/2 inch wide circle of batter. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to plate.


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