Moravian spicy cookies

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Moravian spicy cookies

Added by: on Jan 18th, 2017
These cookies are a classic spicy treat at Christmas season from North Carolina, brought to the U.S.A. by Moravian immigrants (living originally in the today´s Czech Republic). They have a reputation as the "World's Thinnest Cookies."
Prep Time:
120 min
Cook Time:
6 min
Ready In:
2 h 6 min



Original Recipe Yield: 60 servings


  • 65 g unsalted butter
  • 50 g cane sugar
  • 115 g molasses, dark
  • 200 g all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt (from the sea or Himalaya)
  • 1 egg yolk
Nutrition Facts
Moravian spicy cookies

Servings Per Recipe: 60

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 30

  • Total Fat: 1 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.4 mg
  • Sodium: 21.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.9 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
  •     Sugars: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g

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Mix flour, sugar, butter, baking soda, and spices together.


Heat little molasses and along with the yolk add to rest of ingredients, mix well.


If necessary, add a little water and/or butter to the dough to get it soft enough to roll it.


Wrap the dough and let it sit for few hours at room temperature.


Lay out wax paper or saran wrap on a work surface and put 1/4 of the batter on top. Lightly press down and top with another sheet of wax paper or plastic film. Using a rolling pin, roll out until dough is as thin as possible without breaking, around 1,5 mm or less. This is the key to these cookies, which should be thin like a paper. Peel back the layer of waxed paper.


Cut dough using a fluted round cookie cutter. Carefully with a knife, transfer it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake until crispy and lightly, about 6-8 minutes at 160 0C.


If it is difficult to handle, freeze little the rolled dough to become firmer and then cut it into round cookies or to different shapes, such as Christmas stars, trees, animals and other.


Cookies could be stored in the paper box up to 2 weeks.

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