The Moravian Settlement in Old Salem, North Carolina, is famous for its tins of crisp, spicy wafers very similar to these. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1996

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  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, swirling the pan, until the butter turns a nutty brown, about 1 minute. Add molasses, brown sugar and oil, stirring to melt the sugar. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool for 5 minutes.

  • Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and baking soda to the bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating just until incorporated.

  • Turn the dough out onto a large sheet of plastic wrap; flatten it into a disk and wrap it up. Let the dough rest at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours before rolling.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Divide the dough in half and rewrap the unused portion. Roll out the dough on a floured surface as thin as possible, less than 1/16 inch. Cut out cookies with a small (2-inch) cutter and place them about 1/4 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, until the cookies are crisp and just beginning to brown on the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.


Make Ahead Tip: The dough (Steps 1-3) can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before rolling. The baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

28 calories; 0.8 g total fat; 0.2 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 10 mg sodium. 38 mg potassium; 5.1 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 0.4 g protein; 10 IU vitamin a iu; 10 mcg folate; 6 mg calcium; 6 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 2 stars
My This recipe turned out a disaster. Considering the other reviews it must have been something I did wrong. I was really excited for this recipe because it was a childhood favorite. Maybe I will try it again one day. Pros: simple not many ingredients Cons: time consuming not very tasty very difficult to make flat Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tiny little squares with amazing taste. Low cal find for anyone who likes a spicy cookie. Rolling to the stated thickness is challenging but worth the effort Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I doubled the amount of spice called for as I like REALLY flavourful cookies. These are fantastic really crispy great paired with a cup of tea. My toddler loves them as well. Read More