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On page 20 of The Persian Pickle Club, Queenie Bean says to her husband Grover:
"'I've got jumbles and hermits, made with the black walnuts we gathered down on the creek last fall.'
"I took out my plate with the peach-and-plum decal on it and piled it with cookies. Then I put the pitcher of buttermilk on the table with a glass. The outside of the pitcher was damp, and little drops of water ran down the sides, forming a wet ring on the tablecloth. I took off my apron and sat down at the kitchen table across from Grover."
Cinnamon Jumbles were named by Betty Crocker as the best cooky of the 1890-1900 decade. Here's a recipe from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book, copyright 1963:
Queenie Bean's Jumbles
1/2 cup shortening (part butter)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Mix shortening, 1 cup sugar, and egg thoroughly. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla.
2. Blend together flour, soda, and salt; stir in. Chill dough.
3. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with mixture of 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not brown. Makes about 4 dozen 2" cookies.
"After Grandmother churned the butter, a delicious and digestible liquid remained in the churn - called buttermilk. It was popular both for drinking and cooking." - Betty Crocker's Cooky Book