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


  1. In a large bowl beat together the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg yolk and beat well until combine.
  2. In 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.
  3. Gently 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.
  4. Heat 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.
  5. Glaze:
    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

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