Pepper cookies

Pepper cookies

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Scandinavian Christmas
Makes
30-50
Photographer
Lars Ranek

Fun for children to make, these ‘pepparkakor’ can be decorated with icing in many colours. Hang as decorations, or just eat them!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the dough

Quantity Ingredient
150ml golden syrup
250ml dark soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
175g salted butter, softened
150ml double cream
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
750g plain flour, plus more to dust

For the icing

Quantity Ingredient
300g icing sugar
selection of food colours

Method

  1. Mix the syrup, sugar, spices and butter in a big mixing bowl, beating until soft and smooth. Then add the cream and mix again. Sift together the bicarbonate of soda and flour, then mix into the butter mixture.
  2. Flour a work surface and knead the dough well, then wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200°C. Roll out the dough really thinly on a floured surface and cut out with cookie cutters, using different shapes and sizes. Place on baking trays lined with baking parchment and bake for about eight minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  4. Divide the icing sugar between small bowls and add different food colours, then add water a little bit at a time, until the icing is smooth (make sure it doesn’t get too runny). When the cookies are cold, decorate with the icing.
Tags:
Scandinavia
Denmark
Sweden
Norway
Christmas
baking
hygge
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
cookies
gingerbread
seasonal
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