Moravian Ginger Cookies Recipe

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Moravian Ginger CookiesMoravian Ginger Cookies are a paper-thin cookie that 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 Moravians settled in Pennsylvania, a contingent traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Moravian Ginger Cookies Recipe

Moravian Ginger Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Yield: makes many

Ingredients:

3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly-packed brown sugar
2 cups molasses
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

 

Instructions:

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.

 

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Questions from Bakers:

Question:  Hello! I found your site and figured I’d ask. I’m stumped – I do a lot of baking and I’m pretty good, but I have been unable to master the *crisp* Moravian spice cookie.  I use Crisco Butter flavor shortening sticks and I follow recipes exactly because I’ve learned a lot about cooking chemistry from previous mistakes.  I recently read about measuring shortening by water displacement method which I haven’t yet tried.

I am currently using a large aluminum pan with a 1-inch side as my cookie sheet —-all my others have warped (cheap) or are insulated sheets, which I figured would only exacerbate my problem.

 

Answer:  Using a baking pan with sides is a problem as the edges keep the heat from circulating as much as it should.

 

 

 

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