Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

Wow, I can't believe that there's no recipe for this posted yet! Hardtack is a cracker-like food which keeps indefinitely and was used in the American Civil War for army rations. This is an easy history project, indispensible for a Civil War unit study, or for any time you are going hiking and need a nonperishable snack. It's...well, hard, but I think it's actually pretty good!


  1. Stir together dry ingredients in bowl.
  2. Add water gradually and stir until combined; knead in bowl for 5 minutes.
  3. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness on greased baking sheet: score into sections at 3 inch intervals, and prick liberally with a fork.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes, break into pieces along scored lines, and let cool on rack.
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Five stars for using whole wheat flour to add some nutrition and variety! I'm actually baking these for our earthquake survival kit; so I decided to bake them at 275 for a few hours to make sure they were extra nonperishable.