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Advent Cookies Recipe

Makes 36

Pennsylvania Dutch settlers made these at Thanksgiving and stored them in a stoneware crock until Christmas.

The cookies can be made at any time, but should be allowed to age for 4-6 weeks. They can be used as a substitute for graham crackers for a pie crust.


  • 1 teacup molasses or black treacle
  • 7 oz light brown sugar
  • 9 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 10 oz butter or margarine, softened
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb plain flour (approximately)


1. Preheat the oven to 400.
2. Mix all of the ingredients together, except for the flour.
3. Add the flour slowly to the rest of the mixture until it reaches the right consistency to roll out. The dough should be quite soft (you may find it easier to knead it with your hands).
6. Roll out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch and cut into decorative shapes with small cookie cutters, a sharp knife or the rim of a glass.
7. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes.
8. Remove from the oven while they are still soft and cool on a rack, then pack into crocks or jars.
9. Allow to age 4-6 weeks.


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Preparation Method:Baking

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