Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Yield
3 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)

A version of this milk-worthy cookie is a perennial best seller at the Winkler Bakery in the preserved Moravian village of Old Salem, North Carolina. Roll the dough as thin as possible to achieve a properly light, crisp texture.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 8 ingredients (through allspice), stirring with a whisk.

Step 3

Place molasses, butter, and sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended (dough will be crumbly). Divide dough into 4 equal portions.

Step 4

Place each portion on a sheet of wax paper; cover with plastic wrap. Roll each portion to a 1/8-inch thickness. Freeze 10 minutes; remove plastic wrap. Cut with a 2 1/2-inch round cutter. Place cookies on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes or until edges of cookies are browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets. Remove from baking sheets; cool completely on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

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