Moravian Ginger Cookies I

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Yield: 30


“Crispy and very thin.”


3 tablespoons shortening

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1 dash ground allspice


In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar and molasses until smooth. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and allspice; blend into the creamed mixture. Work dough with hands until well blended. Cover and chill for about 4 hours. Dough must be thoroughly chilled to hold together.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll out dough paper thin a little at a time. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets.

Bake 5 to 6 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.