Moravian Christmas Cookies
|Brown sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), firmly packed|
|Baking soda||3⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Molasses||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Shortening||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|All purpose flour||4 Cup (64 tbs), sifted|
Sift together the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and all the spices.
Heat molasses just to the boiling point but do not boil.
Stir in the shortening until absolutely smooth.
Cool slightly, then beat in the sugar spice mixture.
Now knead in the flour with your hands until dough holds together.
Shape into a big ball and chill in the refrigerator until firm.
This dough will keep for weeks so you can bake as many cookies as you want at a time.
Break off pieces of the dough and roll paper thin on a lightly floured board.
Cut into circles, place on a greased cooky sheet, and bake 6 to 8 minutes in a preheated 375° oven.