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Travel South Planner 2017

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61 "One time, one of the girls from the Golden Girls came in," said Blake. "It can be pretty exciting." WWW.TOPSYSPOPCORN.COM MRS. HANES MORAVIAN COOKIES Clemmons, North Carolina Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookies is one of the few bakeries left in the country where customers can still fi nd hand-cut Moravian cookies. "It's a dying art," said Mona Hanes Templin, daughter of the original Mrs. Hanes. "There used to be a lot of Moravian women who made these cookies around the holidays." The business was originally started by Templin's grandmother, who developed a unique recipe for Moravian sugar cookies, and that recipe has been passed down through Hanes generations ever since. The current building rests over what was once the grandfa- ther's cow pasture. "We still make our cookies by hand, using rolling pins and cookie cutters. There's no ma- chinery involved," said Templin. "It's defi nitely a labor of love." Some of the cookie fl avors include sugar, black walnut, lemon, chocolate and butter- scotch, although ginger is the store's bestseller. All the cookies are hand packed in tins. "They're very thin, too," said Templin. "One customer described them as a cookie with only one side." In anticipation of the holi- days, employees begin baking batches of the ginger cookie as early as January, essentially a year in advance. They are the only kind Photos cour tesy Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookies MRS. HANES OF COOKIE FAME "We still make our cookies by hand, using rolling pins and cookie cu ers. ere's no ma- chinery involved. It's defi nitely a labor of love" — MONA HANES TEMPLIN

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