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Moravian Ginger Cookies are paper-thin and crispy molasses cookies that are cut into shapes and baked. These cookies are considered a signature cookie of the town of Winston-Salem, NC. These cookies are better than any gingerbread or ginger snaps I have ever tasted.
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 in the 1700s.
This recipe was shared by Andra Cook of Raleigh, NC. Andra says that this make a large amount of cookies.
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Moravian Ginger Cookies Recipe
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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.