{12} Decadent Days of Christmas {7} Moravian Ginger Cookies

This coming Sunday, Logan and I are attending my grandparent’s Methodist church, for their annual Moravian Love Feast. Here’s a little background on the Moravian Church and how it relates to the Methodist Church:

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was most moved by the Moravians’ quiet, calm faith in the face of dangerous circumstances. Subsequently, Wesley attended the Moravians’ Love Feast and the following year introduced the members of the Methodist Church to it. The Love Feast is a celebration to affirm the unity of Christians over bread and coffee through Christmas songs.*

So, I thought I’d share with you the traditional Moravian Ginger Cookie. I hope you enjoy this thin ginger-y cookie.

Moravian Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable shortening (or unsalted butter)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of allspice

How-To

  1. In a stand mixer, mix the molasses, shortening and sugar until blended.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and with a dough hook (or even by hand) blend it together. It should be a stiff dough, almost like playdough).
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out the dough in small amounts at a time. Flour the top of the dough with a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 1/4″ or less thick.
  6. Cut out the dough with your favorite shapes.
  7. Bake until slightly puffed (only should take a few minutes).*UMC

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