Moravian molasses cookies

Another holiday standby, Moravian molasses cookies are traditionally rolled paper-thin and are ultra-crisp. This recipe originated in Old Salem, North Carolina, one of the first Moravian settlements in the United States in 1753, or so says Sharon Tyler Herbst. I doubt the settlers used vegetable shortening though. And once they mixed the dough, I doubt refrigeration was an option. Of course, as a Christmas tradition in the northern hemisphere, the climate would have been on their side.

But after mixing the ingredients, spending a little while resting in a cool place for the ginger, molasses, cloves, cinnamon and mace to marry is essential. And I mean marry. Not mingle, then maybe cohabit. Polyamorously marry, settle down and consider procreating.

I did not have mace on hand for these, nor am I sure I have ever used it before. I enjoyed learning about mace, however. And the Moravians.

Ms. Herbst’s version of the recipe makes lots and lots, and when I tired of cutting out a flock of sheep, I made big four-inch circles. Most are tucked away in the freezer for the holidays.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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One Response to Moravian molasses cookies

  1. Dawn Klein says:

    Yummy! These will be delicious for Christmas!

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