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Moravian Molasses Cookies. A classic Czech cookie.
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5 from 3 votes

Moravian Molasses Cookies

Thin and crispy Moravian Molasses cookies. Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart's Christmas. Makes 7-8 dozen 2 1/2" cookies. (or more)
Prep Time12 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Czech
Servings: 72 cookies
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Cynthia


  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups dark molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 6 2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoons cinnamon


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and molasses. Heat until brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water and stir into the molasses mixture. The mixture will bubble up. Remove from heat.
  • Sift the flour and spices together and gradually add to the saucepan, stirring with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Form the dough into a rectangle, wrap and let set overnight in refrigerator.
  • The next day, remove from fridge and allow to soften, until easy to roll, about 15 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees F. and line baking sheets with parchment or silpat baking sheets.
  • On a floured board, roll small pieces of dough as thin as possible. (dough should be thin enough to see one's hand through it.) Cut with cookie cutter and set 1" apart on baking sheets.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to finish cooling.


  • This recipe makes a LOT of cookies. You'll get at least 7 dozen medium thickness (1/8th") cookies, and at least another dozen or so if you roll them out thinner.
  • Recipe divided in half will still make at least 4 dozen.
  • After the initial rest, the dough can be refrigerated for up to a week.
  • Divide the dough into manageable portions and flatten.
  • Using a pasta roller will make the dough even thinner for an extra crisp cookie.
  • The thinner the cookie, the crispier the snap.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg