Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Moravian Christmas Cookies

Moravian Christmas Cookies

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From the kitchen of Robin Alario (book: Festive Cookies of Christmas)

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Recipe Details

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Tags: Good for parties/potlucks


1 cup dark molasses
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lard or shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mace
4 to 5 cups flour


  1. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Combine molasses, sugar, lard, and soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water over low heat.

  3. Melt and cool.

  4. Add orange extract. Gradually add flour, sifted with spices.

  5. Dough should be firm. Mix and knead thoroughly.

  6. Cover well and set in cool place to ripen.

  7. Roll small amounts of dough to paper thinness on well-floured, cloth-covered board.

  8. Cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters.

  9. Place on greased tins, smoothing out air bubbles.

  10. Bake 350 degrees until light brown. Watch carefully.

  11. Store in airtight container.


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