This recipe was LOST IN TIME of how these Hum Muds were made at GIRARD COLLEGE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Girard College was a completely self-sufficient live-in school for boys that was built according to the Will of Stephen Girard. My father, whose name then was Michael Levy, entered the school in 1915 at the age of four. The school was known for their wonderful ginger cookies that the students called HUM MUDS, which meant MUD PIES FROM THE HOME. Through the years there have been many attempts to make these cookies, but only this is the correct recipe.