Christmas isn’t Christmas without Cookies, Part 3

One of the most Swedish Christmas traditions is to bake pepparkakor – ginger bread cookies 🙂 For me, those are the best cookies to bake because I get to use all my great cookie cutters… They are becoming more and more every year – the current number is 29 – and they include Pippi along with her horse and her little monkey, as well as Moomin figures, moose, reindeers, Berlin’s famous Ampelmann and a lot of animals like an eagle, a fox, a snail and a bear. That’s how cookie baking makes fun!

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You need …

  • 150 grams butter
  • 2,5 deciliter sugar
  • 0,5 deciliter light sirup
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (powdered)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon cloves (powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamum (powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 deciliter water
  • 7,5 deciliter flour

You do …

  • let the butter get warm and soft – alternatively, if you are too impatient, put it to the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • mix butter, sugar and sirup – stir it until it’s a creamy dough.
  • add ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamum and baking powder – stir again.
  • add water and last but not least the flour – I add the flour bit by bit, so that it’s easier to mix it with the rest.
  • let the dough rest in the fridge for at least a day  – either in a covered bowl or packed in plastic foil.
  • take the dough out of the fridge and let it warm up a bit – otherwise it’s too hard and too exhausting to roll it out
  • take a small piece of the dough and roll it out – not too thin, not too thick
  • cut the cookies with cookie cutters and put them on a baking tray – when you put a bit of flour on the worktop before rolling out the dough, the cookies don’t stick on the worktop
  • bake the cookies – for 4 to 5 minutes at 200 to 225 degrees
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Here we got Pippi, a sweet snail, a little reindeer and one of the Ampelmänner 🙂

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Do not put them too close to each other on the baking tray, otherwise they’ll “grow together” in the oven 😉

The longer the oven is on and the warmer it gets, the shorter the cookies need to be inside - it is really important to check quite often how done are they are, they burn very easily ;)

The longer the oven is on and the warmer it gets, the shorter the cookies need to be inside – it is really important to check quite often how done are they are, they burn very easily 😉

As all my cookie boxes are already filled, I used a big glass jar for the pepparkakor - this way, they double as Christmas decoration :)

As all my cookie boxes are already filled, I used a big glass jar for the pepparkakor – this way, they double as Christmas decoration 🙂

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