One pint of milk well boiled, one teacupful of sugar, two tablespoonfuls of nice lard or BUTTER, two-thirds of a teacupful of baker’s yeast. Make a rising with the milk and yeast; when light, mix in the sugar and shortening, with flour enough to make as soft a dough as can be handled. Flour the paste-board well, roll out about one-half inch thick; put this quantity into two large pans; make about a dozen indentures with the finger on the top; put a small piece of BUTTER in each, and sift over the whole one tablespoonful of sugar mixed with one teaspoonful of cinnamon. Let this stand for a second rising; when perfectly light, bake in a quick oven fifteen or twenty minutes.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)