Friday, July 10, 2015

Moravian Cookies

makes 3 dozen

Moravian [moh-RAY-vee-uhn] cookies are traditional Christmas cookies in Moravia, Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakian immigrants settling in North Carolina brought this cookie to the United States.

4 tablespoons butter
½ cup molasses
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
pinch ground allspice
pinch of ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour

Melt butter over low heat. Add molasses and brown sugar. Transfer mixture to a bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and baking soda. Gradually add the flour and mix until just blended. Shape dough into a flat circle and wrap with plastic wrap Let dough rest at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Roll out the dough between two pieces of wax paper until very thin 1/16" in thickness. Cut out cookies in various shapes and place on cookie sheet about 2" apart. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Laura from Tennessee, USA says: I would give this cookie a 10. It was very good and spicy. I loved it.

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