Moravian Spice Cookies

Crisp, spicy wafer.

Original recipe makes 6 dozen


2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn 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


  1. Melt butter or margarine over low heat until the butter turns light brown. 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. Mix well. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and beat until just blended.
  3. Put the dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap; flatten it into a disk and wrap it up. Let dough rest at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours before rolling. NOTE: Dough can be made up to three days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before rolling.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  5. Divide 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.
  6. Bake one sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are crisp and just beginning to brown on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.


Calories: 57 kcal
Carbohydrates: 10.3 g
Cholesterol: 2 mg
Fat: 1.5 g
Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 0.7 g
Sodium: 24 mg