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The 'Great British Bake Off' of the 1600s Would Have Been All Alphabet Cookies

Alphabet cookies were all the rage in 17th century England. (Photo: Family Business/ Today, a baker might show off their skills with cronuts, which take three days to prepare correctly, or a towering cake modeled after a famous piece of architecture. But in the early 1600s, when literacy was still low, women displayed their domestic and scholarly prowess by baking perfect pastry letters.
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