‘Pepparkakor’ is closely associated with the Scandinavian Christmas. The spiced, crispy cookie with cinnamon and ginger is an all-time favorite throughout the Christmas season. Sweden is so devoted to this Christmas treat that they have announced December 9th to be the national ‘Pepparkakans Dag’. Shape them as you like and enjoy with glögg (muled wine) after a Swedish Christmas buffet.
Ingredients / Portion for 20 pers. :
– 300 gram butter
– 300 gram sugar
– 3 dl dark syrup
– 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
– 2 teaspoon ground ginger
– 1 teaspoon ground pepper
– 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 2 eggs
– 4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (natron)
– 900 gram flour (save 100g to use later)
– ca. 250 gram powdered sugar
– 1 egg whites
– 1⁄2 teaspoon lemonjuice
1. Mix butter, syrup and sugar in a pot and heat it until the sugar and butter is melted. Add clover, ginger, cinnamon, pepper and stir it well till it’s mixed.
2. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool down for a while and then mix the 2 eggs in.
3. Put the liquid in a bigger bowl so it’s easier for you to mix it with bicarbonate soda and flour. Mix in the flour gradually and remember to save some for later. The dough should end up smooth.
4. Once the dough is kneaded well, divide into 4 portions and wrap them each up tight with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 3 hour, or overnight.
5. Time to make our ‘Pepparkakor’! Using 1 portion at a time, work on a floured surface and roll out dough to 1/8 inch(3mm) thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutter or create your shape with a knife, and place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.
6. Bake the pepparkakor at 375 °F or 175 °C in ca. 10 mins. Take them off the pan afterwards to cool down completely.
7. For the glaze: Mix the powdered sugar with the egg white and a little bit of lemonjuice. It has to be thick enough for creating your own beautiful patterns.
1. When shaping the pepparkakor, make a hole in the edge of the pepparkakor for a ribbon to go through. Hang it on the Christmas tree as a decorative accessory.
2. Use as table cards or table decoration on the napkin for Christmas dinner.
Good luck with the home baking! We wish you all a happy Pepparkakans dag!
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