If you like a cookie with some bite, then you’ll love to try Sweden’s pepparkakor cookies. The name means “pepper cookies” and they are similar to the ginger cookies we know and love but are thinner and more crisp.
Pepparkakor also serve as decorations. They can be cut out into any form you can imagine. After the cookies have cooled, a string is tied through a hole in the cookie and they can be hung on the Christmas tree.
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 tablespoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Place butter in a large, heatproof bowl. In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar, molasses and spices just to boiling point. Add baking soda and stir in. Pour this mixture over the butter and stir until it melts.
Beat egg and mix in; add flour, a cup at a time, and blend thoroughly. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead 1-2 minutes. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm (about an hour).
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).
Roll out to approximately 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured board and cut into desired shapes. Place on greased baking sheets and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
Remove from sheets and cool on racks; may be decorated with piped icing or whatever else you like!