The cookie is thin and crispy and was a labor of love for Gim, especially as she got older and her hands were riddled with arthritis. They must be rolled quite thin and at first the dough is very stiff. What I love about Pepparkakor is that they are simple, not decorated, not an overtly sweet nor heavy cookie, perfect for a quick sweet with a cup of coffee or glass of milk. The tradition of baking the Pepparkakor each Christmas is now carried on by me and I know my kids enjoy the cookies as much as I do. The other night as I was making them, even though there were projects to be finished and tests to study for, the kids were hanging out in the kitchen helping me roll and cut and sneaking bits of dough...
If you have shopped at Ikea, no doubt you have seen and maybe even purchased a tin of Pepperkakor cookies, but to me these don't hold a candle to Gim's tasty, homemade version, so today I am sharing her recipe with you.
(Dancing across the linen runner are little jultomte or Swedish "elves" associated with Christmas.)
Here is her recipe, in her words, lovingly shared with me forever ago, by my Mom:
Gim's Swedish Pepparkakor
1/2 C unsalted butter
1/2 C light brown sugar
1/2 C dark Karo syrup
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
Boil sugar, syrup, butter and spices. Let cool - beat in egg yolk and 1/2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 tbsp warm water. Add enough flour to make stiff for rolling (2 1/4 - 2 1/2 C)
Roll out VERY thin and cut with Christmas cutters.
Line baking sheets with foil and bake on 3rd shelf at
350 degrees - 5 minutes or so, until golden.
I hope you'll give these special cookies a try and that you enjoy them as much as I do. Do let me know. Gim's recipe for Swedish meatballs is a keeper too, I shared it here last year.
Just for fun, I thought I would share a picture from years back of Gim and I....
She was a special and talented lady who taught me many things, but those are stories for another time.
I am signing off for a few days to enjoy the fruits of my labors and the festivities of the season with both family and friends. I wish all of you a wonderful holiday. Thanks for stopping by Room Rx and sharing your time with me, it is a wonderful gift!
(Swedish for Merry Christmas)
Does your room need a “prescription” for a change of decor, function or design?If so please contact me, I would love to help your room feel better with a Design Concept Board or a complete Room Rx.