Can you believe it is December already? I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Christmas Season. Earlier in November we took a day trip to Winston-Salem. I was super excited because we visited Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookies in Clemmons. I have been buying Mrs. Hanes Cookies for years and I was looking forward to finally visiting her company. I was not disappointed and they had so many different flavors of cookies including chocolate, ginger, lemon and black walnut. The most amazing thing about these cookies is how thin they are and at the same time so flavorful. My favorite flavor is lemon and my husband loves the ginger cookies. Here is a link to her website and she does accept orders and ships the cookies promptly. I have ordered them on-line many times in the past. http://www.hanescookies.com/hanes_cs/default.asp
As you can see above, it is a very unassuming building and is not in a business district but is actually out in the rural area of Clemmons. Here are more pictures.
I went to my Bethabara Church cookbook and found the Moravian sugar cookie recipes I am sharing with you today. The cookies are rolled very thin the way Mrs. Hanes rolls hers. I have never been able to roll my thin to 1/8th of an inch. The recipe for the Salem Christmas Cakes which are really cookies reminds me of Mrs. Hanes ginger cookies and I thought the second recipe for the sand tarts sounded good. The recipe makes over seven dozen cookies and I like making a larger batch of cookies this time of year and sharing them with more people.
I am sharing one more picture from Mrs. Hanes to show the rural setting and the cute ginger bread type house in the woods behind her shop. It is such an unassuming place and I am sure when Mrs. Hanes started her business in 1964 she never imagined how much her business would grow and how much joy and enjoyment she would give others. A part of our family Christmas each year is Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookies. I encourage you to visit her shop either in person or through her website. Happy Monday Everyone!!!