Danish Lemon Filled Spice Cookies When I came across this recipe for Danish Lemon Filled Spice Cookies I was more intrigued with the lemon filling part more so then the spice cookie part. The reasoning behind that is a simple one. I’ve never made a …
Finnish Spice Cookies Finnish Spice Cookies or Nissu Nassu or “Piparkakuts are a traditional holiday cookie in Finland. They are usually cut into round scallop shapes, but little boys and pigs are the traditional shapes during the holidays. I didn’t have either type of cookie cutters, …
Moravian Spice Crisp Cookies
Moravian Spice Crisp Cookies are paper-thin, crispy molasses cookies. They are usually cut into round shapes and baked until crisp. These cookies are considered a signature cookie of Winston-Salem, NC. Moravia once was part of Czechoslovakia. Persecuted for their religious beliefs, they found refuge first in Germany and then in the US. Moravian’s settled in Pennsylvania and Winston-Salem, NC. in the 1700’s.
To me, Moravian spice cookies taste very similar to cookies that I purchase at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant Butik. Al Johnson’s is located in Door County WI and they serve delicious authentic Swedish cuisine. The name of the cookies are Nyåkers Peppar Kakor (Cookies). The cookies are thin, crispy, gingersnap cookies. They are super delicious! Moravian Spice Crisps are very similar to peppar kakor and equally as delicious.
A cookie can be any of various hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft. The word cookie comes from the Dutch koekje, meaning “little cake.” The earliest cookie-style cakes are thought to date back to 7th-century Persia, one of the first countries to cultivate sugar. There are six basic cookie styles, any of which can range from tender-crisp to soft. All styles are versatile and delicious.
Styles of Cookies
A drop cookie is made by dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet. Bar cookies are created when a batter or soft dough is spooned into a shallow pan, then baked, cooled and cut into bars. Hand-formed or molded cookies are made by shaping dough by hand into small balls, logs, crescents and other shapes. Pressed cookies are formed by pressing dough through a cookie press or pastry bag to form fancy shapes and designs.
More Styles of Cookies
Refrigerator or icebox cookies are made by shaping the dough into a log, which is refrigerated until firm, then sliced and baked. Rolled cookies begin by using a rolling pin to roll the dough out flat; then it’s cut into decorative shapes with cookie cutters or a pointed knife. Other cookies, such as the German Springerle, are formed by imprinting designs on the dough.
German Springerle get designs on the dough either by rolling a special decoratively carved rolling pin over the dough or by pressing the dough into a carved cookie mold. In England, cookies are called biscuits, in Spain they’re called galletas, in Germany cookies are called keks and in Italy they’re called biscotti.