Moravian Spice Cookies

Moravian Spice Cookies

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine Holiday Issue 1996

The Moravian Settlement in Old Salem, North Carolina, is famous for its tins of crisp, spicy wafers very similar to these.

Ingredients 72 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 °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 information

  • Per serving: 28 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 10 mcg folate; 1 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 10 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 6 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 10 mg sodium; 38 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1/2 starch (per 2 cookies)

Reviews 3

November 28, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
September 08, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
January 03, 2010
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By: penny
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