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Mamaw's Confederate Jumbles





3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract


Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Gently stir in vanilla.

Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 F. for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 5 dozen.

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Author's Comments

Jumbles (jumbals) appeared in cookbooks in the 1700s. Jumbles have an interesting etymology: jumbal comes from gimbal, meaning a finger ring. The 1831 Virginia housewife says simply, “knead all well together and bake.” But Housekeeping in the Bluegrass, 1875, contains one which is rolled and cut into rounds with a hole. This version is even easier, for no rolling is involved.

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