Moravian Spice Cookies

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About Moravian Spice Cookies

Moravia ia a beautiful and historic country in the Czech Republic!A speciality of the place are Moravian Cookies or Moravian Spice Crisps as they are called.A special type of fluted cookie cutter (like a pie pan edge) is used for these delicious cookies but as I did not have them I gave them the shape of a Christmas Tree as I was making them for the festival!The cookie is wafer thin,crisp and perfectly brown with a delicious aroma and taste.Mine may not have come as thin but was crisp and utterly delicious that the better half who is a connoisseur of good things gobbled up 4 of them with his tea!They are amazing and a must try for everyone!
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Recipe Time & More

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Served AsSnacks
Servings - 20


  • 194 gm All Purpose Flour or flour, or maida plain flour maida
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon dalchini
  • 1 tsp Ginger sonth ground
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves laung ground
  • 1/4 cup Desi Ghee shortening vanaspati
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Molasses or jaggery, or syrup thick jaggery syrup
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  • Preheat oven to 160°C.Sift the dry ingredients - flour,baking soda,cinnamon,ginger and clove powders together in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl beat the shortening/vanaspati/ghee and sugar till creamy.Add Molasses and beat again till well mixed.
  • Now add the dry ingredients and either mix with hand or in a food processor or stand mixer till everything comes together and you have a soft dough.
  • Wrap the dough in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 - 45 minutes.
  • Flour your kitchen countertop and roll out the dough as thin as you can manage.They say "Your fingers should be visible under the dough".
  • In case if this does not happen do not worry.Roll as thin as possible and cut out cookies with the cutter you want.If you have a fluted cutter - wonderful!
  • Cut out cookies and transfer to cookie sheets each being 1/2 an inch apart!Bake for 10 - 12 minutes till golden and a little dark on the top and take out.Cool on the sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
  • Leave the cookies to cool completely on the sheets and store them in airtight containers preferably glass jars.
  • You can make a thick sugar syrup in very little quantity and brush over the top of the cookies on which you can sprinkle decorations of your choice - coloured sugar crystals,edible gold and silver decoration balls or even Royal Icing!
  • Serve with coffee or tea!
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Recipe Notes

NOTE : The authentic recipe uses either Lard which is animal fat or shortening which is solidified vegetable oil like the Indian vanaspati ghee namely Dalda to name a brand.I used pure ghee and was so very happy with the results! 
I measured ingredients by the gram and am mentioning the weight.Measure everything accurately for the best tasting cookies!
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Amrita Iyer
Amrita Iyer

I am a passionate foodie who loves to cook, serve and love to see people relishing my creations. Since the time I was small I used to wonder about the 'how' of things in the kitchen.

Then when I finally ventured as an unprofessional kitchen helper for my late grand-mother (a par excellent cook in her own generation) I was fascinated by the amount of stuff you could do to a simple milk and rice to form a most yummy pudding.

Here I am sharing my recipes with a will to learn from some and educate others as well!

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