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Moravian Spice Cookies

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



READER'S COMMENT:
"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. "
Moravian Spice Cookies Recipe

Makes: About 6 dozen cookies

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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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

Per cookie: 28 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 10 mg sodium; 40 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 starch



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Bake
Meal/Course
Dessert
Snack
Ethnic/Regional
American
Southern/Soul
Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
8 or more

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