Moravian Christmas Cookies

Moravian Christmas Cookies

A very large recipe for gingerbread-molasses-type Christmas cookies from the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania area. A full batch makes more than 12 dozen. With medium cookie cutters, a quarter recipe made 74 cookies.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Sift flour, cinnamon, and ginger together in a large bowl. Add sugar and mix well. Work lard and butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender.
  2. Step 2

    Combine vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl; mix to dissolve. Add mixture to the flour mixture in the bowl. Add molasses and mix thoroughly. Place dough in the refrigerator until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Step 4

    Roll dough out very thin on a floured surface. Cut into shapes using fancy cookie cutters.
  5. Step 5

    Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.