Thursday, January 7, 2010
My recipe, adapted from Nami-Nami, follows:
Vürtsikad Piparkoogid (Spicy Gingerbread Cookies)
2 dl syrup (0.85 c)
2 dl sugar (0.85 c)
1 tbs cardamon
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground dried ginger
1 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
250 g butter (1 c) cut into pieces
600 g flour (6 c)
2 tsp baking soda
Place the syrup, sugar, and spices in a saucepan and ring to a boil. Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until the butter is melted, and let cool slightly. Pour syrup into a large bowl and beat eggs in one at a time. Mix flour and baking soda together and mix into the syrup and butter mixture a little at a time. Mix or knead the dough well, and then wrap tightly and refrigerate at least overnight, or up to two weeks.
Roll the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately 2mm (1/16in) and cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters. Bake the cookies at 200C (400F) for 6-9 minutes.
NOTES: For the syrup, I usually use a combination of whatever I have one hand, such as molasses, corn syrup, agave nectar, honey, etc. You can also make a sugar syrup by melting 150g (approx 3/4 c) sugar in a saucepan, then adding about the same amount of hot water.
This recipe does make a good amount of dough, and although I have not tried it, it should freeze well.
To make the icing, mix powdered sugar with a small amount of water or fruit juice (depending on desired color; I used aroonia concentrate for the ones in the picture) to a sour cream like consistancy, about 1-2 tsp to a cup of sugar.
What are some of your favorite wintertime traditions?