This paper-thin Moravian Ginger Cookies are absolutely fantastic! Moravian ginger
cookies are cut into shapes and baked. These cookies are considered a signature
cookie of the town of Winston-Salem, NC. Moravia once was part of Czechoslovakia. Persecuted for
their religious beliefs, they found refuge first in Germany and then in the
United States. Although man settled in Pennsylvania, a contingent traveled to
Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine vegetable
shortening, brown sugar, molasses, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and
salt; heat until warm, mashing out any lumps. Remove from heat; while still
warm, stir in flour. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
When read to bake, take only as much dough as you will need
out of the refrigerator. (Unused dough may be stored in the refrigerator as long
as a month - in fact, cookies are better if dough has "mellowed" for awhile.)
Roll dough on a lightly floured surface, using as little
flour as possible. Also flour rolling pin. Roll dough out paper thin (or as thin
as possible) and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until light brown. After removing
cookies from oven, with a clean soft cloth lightly brush off any excess flour.
Let cool on cookie sheet and remove when you can handle them comfortably.
Store in airtight containers.