3 Cookie Recipes, Dutch, Moravian, Danish

These American versions of regional classics are yummy!

Moravian Molasses Cookies:  1 pound light brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup shortening, 1 quart molasses, 2 tbs baking soda, 1/2 cup boiling water, 4 pounds flour, 2 tbs cloves, 2 tbs ginger, 2 tbs cinnamon

This is the recipe for the famous Moravian Cookies that are popular at Christmas.

Melt shortening and butter until it bubbles, then add to sugar.  Stir in the molasses.

Dissolve the baking soda in boiling water and add to mixture.

Sift in flour and spices.

The dough should be almost stiff enough to roll.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand over night.  Do NOT refrigerate. 

Place on a flour coverd board and roll the dough as thin as possible.  Cut with cookie cutters and place on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 275 degrees for 10 minutes.  Let the cookies cool before removing from the sheet. 

These make great Christmas gifts...if you can keep your family from devouring them.


Danish Wedding Cookies:  1 stick butter, 2 tbs powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tsp almond extract, 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Melt butter, remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, almond extract and flour and pecans.  Mix well.

Form into marble sized balls and flatten slightly.

Bake 10 minutes.

Cool 5 minutes and roll in additional powdered sugar.

This recipe makes 60 cookies.  It's a great cookie recipe for kids to make.


Pennsylvania Dutch Butter Cookies:  1/2 pound butter softened, 1/4 pound margarine softened, 2 cups sugar, 4 eggs, 5 1/2 cups plain flour, 1 tsp baking soda

Cream the butter, margarine and sugar.  I like to use an electric hand mixer for this.

Add eggs and gradually add other dry ingredients.

Chill 24 hours.

Divide the dough into 6 parts.  Roll one part at a time on a floured surface, to 1/8 inch thick.

Cut with cookie cutters.

Bake at 350 degrees on a greases cookie sheet until the edges are brown.

This recipe makes 15 dozen cookies.  Great holiday recipe for gifting.


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