Moravian Spice Cookies

Pat Duran


These cookies are hailed to be the "worlds thinnest cookies".;or so says the history of cookies book.
These cookies have ingredients you would not expect to find in cookies , such as mustard and pepper- I know who would have thought.
They are also frozen between the rolling and the preparation .
This recipe makes a lot of cookies- but never fear you can freeze the extra for impressing your favorite friends and relatives during the holidays.
Hope you enjoy these cookies and the research. It's a great cookie.
Photo's show using light and dark molasses and brown sugar.

★★★★★ 3 votes
more than enough
45 Min
10 Min


1/4 c
molasses, your choice dark or light
1 large
egg yolk
6 Tbsp
butter, room temperature
3/4 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1 2/3 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
each, ground ginger and ground cloves
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 dash(es)
ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp
each, white pepper and ground mustard

How to Make Moravian Spice Cookies


  • 1In a large bowl beat together the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg yolk and beat well until combine.
  • 2In another bowl combine the flour and all remaining ingredients,blend well and add to the molasses mixture in small amounts at a time. Dough will be loose and crumbly. Gently press dough to make a soft mound then take 1/3 of the dough and place on a piece of parchment paper;pat into a rectangle. Place another piece of paper on top and roll as thin as possible (1/16-inch thick). Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 3Gently peel back top paper,replace paper and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer remove top paper and cut cookies with a 2-inch round or other cookie cutter. Place cookie on a clean piece of parchment paper on cookie sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
  • 4Heat oven to 325^. Remove cookies from freezer ; sprinkle tops with cinnamon/sugar if desired.
    Bake for 10 minutes. Yes that is the correct time. But check on them as ovens bake differently. They should be brown but not to dark- this depends on if you used light or dark molasses and brown sugar.
    If you do not cinnamon/sugar the tops. You can frost with a glaze when cooled.
  • 5Glaze:
    1 c. sifted powdered sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring(extract)
    1 1/2 Tablespoons water as needed (milk will make the frosting too soft
    Blend sugar,salt and flavoring, add water to desired spreading consistency.

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About Moravian Spice Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Eastern European
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom