Recipes and Remedies in Her Own Hand

Vanilla Drops

This is the recipe I always use. Good.

Cream 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups sugar, add 2 eggs well beaten, 3/4 cup cold water, 2 heaping teaspoonfuls yeast powder, enough flour to make a stiff batter. Flavor with vanilla. Drop on well greased pans and bake in a moderately quick oven.*
This takes about 1 pt flour.

*about 375º

This recipe comes from a fascinating little book, Annie Flora Myer, Confederate Daughter of Fredericksburg: Recipes and Remedies in Her Own Hand, edited by her great grandniece Anne Ligon. It is available for reserve and check out through the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Born in 1854, Annie Myer saw the Civil War through a child's eyes. Her parents were German immigrants from the Kingdom of Hanover. Her father worked in Fredericksburg before the war, first as a bridle and saddle maker and later as a confectioner. In 1863, the family evacuated from the city to a farm in Spotsylvania County which was all too soon in the middle of another battlefield. The farm house was burned, and her father, who fought in the 40th Virginia, was captured and imprisoned. After the war, John Henry Myer started another successful business, Germania Roller Mills, in partnership with Mr. Brulle.

Annie Meyer never married, and she spent her time doing much to support her community. She helped found the first public healthcare facility in town, Mary Washington Hospital, and worked with the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church and the City Mission to help the poor. She died in 1946 at the age of 92.