7 Ratings
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 5 star values: 1

Very nice with butter or cheese. Biscuit-like (crunchy) and sweet. Also called knackebrod.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Rub in the shortening until the mixture appears sandy. Stir in the buttermilk until the dough holds together. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 4-inch squares, then cut each square diagonally into triangles, and prick with a fork.

  • Bake the triangles in preheated oven on ungreased cookie sheets until dry and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

196 calories; 8.1 g total fat; 21 mg cholesterol; 129 mg sodium. 27 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2017
Not true hardtack but WHO CARES!?!? Best recipe I have ever made. It has become a tradition in my family that I will make it for Christmas. The last time I did this I added a quarter teaspoon of mint just before I rolled it out. Also I like using other shapes besides triangles. Great recipe.
(2)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/28/2013
it's more like pie crust. If you sprinkle cinnamon and sugar it...it's not bad but sweet
(1)
7 Ratings
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 5 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2010
Ummm ummm right out of the oven with hot coffee and cream honey delicious. Any mountain man or Civil War buff can appreciate the light sweetness and crumbly texture of this recipe. I substituted 1 cup of whole wheat flour with the all-purpose flour and found it more than acceptable. Might not have the shelf life of old-fashioned military hardtack but there won't be enough left for you to carry around after you spead on some honey or deviled ham.
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2010
With a few minor tweaks this recipe is just as good as the stuff grandma used to make: ) There was no measurement for salt so I used discretion and put in 1/4 of a teasoon. I also used margarine instead of butter and and I swapped out the buttermilk for 3/4 cup of skim milk mixed with 1/4 cup of fat-free sour cream. Splenda instead of sugar and whole-wheat flour completed my transformation of this recipe. Grandma also made it a bit softer so I brushed it with melted margarine before baking it and shortened the baking time to 6 minutes.
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2016
Very good in and of itself but the name is misleading. Real hard tack does not have milk oils or sugar. These ingredients reduce the shelf time considerably. The nature of hard tack is its very long shelf time it is a survival food and emergency ration.
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2017
Not true hardtack but WHO CARES!?!? Best recipe I have ever made. It has become a tradition in my family that I will make it for Christmas. The last time I did this I added a quarter teaspoon of mint just before I rolled it out. Also I like using other shapes besides triangles. Great recipe.
(2)
Rating: 1 stars
10/28/2013
it's more like pie crust. If you sprinkle cinnamon and sugar it...it's not bad but sweet
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2018
So far so good! Smells great. Was looking to make proper British hardtack for our re-enactment group but agreed we'd like something more edible and practical. We don't need to store it for 100 years either. Added exact quantities in food-mixer with dough hook and added extra flour until stickiness was gone. Preheated oven saw them done in about 15 mins switched to a low heat (probably about 100 C) just to dry them off for a further 20 mins. This differs from conventional hard tack that may have 2-4 30 minute cook times. Careful not to burn!
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Rating: 2 stars
05/06/2019
Not even close to Hard Tack, which is hard and shelf stable for years, this is just a basic variation on Shortbread, a soft cookie which will go rancid after a few months due to the fat.
Rating: 2 stars
08/22/2018
It's ok if you don't keep the dough thin expect to cook it for 20 minutes. Not hardtack since using multiple fats probably taste better to slather in bacon grease.