Recipe for Moravian Christmas Cookies


1/2 cup brown sugar; firmly
1 packed
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup shortening
4 cup all-purpose flour
1 sifted


Sift together the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and all the spices. Heat molasses just to the boiling point but do not boil. Stir in the shortening until absolutely smooth. Cool slightly, then beat in the sugar-spice mixture. Now knead in the flour with your hands until the dough holds together. Shape into a big ball and chill in refrigerator until firm. This dough will keep for weeks so you can bake as many cookies as you want at a time. Break off pieces of the dough and roll paper-thin on a lightly floured board. Cut into circles, place on greased cookie sheet, and bake 6 to 8 mins in a preheated 375F oven. Makes about 10 dozen.

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