Piparkakku (Gingerbread Cookies): Traditional Food from Lapland.

Piparkakku (Gingerbread Cookies) in shape of gingerbread man

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This time last year we were in Finland and enjoyed a week at Torassieppi and a week in Yllas. The food at Torassieppi was very good and they served up lots of traditional Lapland dishes. I have no idea whether this is their recipe, but it works for me and a gingerbread cookie tastes great with a cup of tea.

Ingredients for Gingerbread Cookies.

  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 250g golden syrup
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch ground cardamom
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 500g plain flour

How to Make Gingerbread Cookies.

  1. Mix the golden syrup, brown sugar and spices in a pan and heat slowly until boiling.
    Note: use a mixture of golden syrup and treacle for a darker biscuit.
    Note: adjust the spice blend to suit your own taste.
  2. Put the butter in a large bowl and pour hot mixture over it.
  3. Beat until all the butter is melted.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool a little before adding the egg.
  5. Add flour and baking powder, beat well.
  6. Bring the mixture together in a ball, wrap and leave in the fridge overnight.
  7. Roll the mixture out on a floured surface. You are aiming for 3-5mm thick.
    Note: if the mixture is sticky, be generous with flouring your surface.
  8. Cut your gingerbread cookies to shape; hearts and stars are traditional, but there is always something satisfying about biting the head off a gingerbread man!
  9. Lay you cookies on a lightly greased or non-stick baking tray.
  10. Bake for 8 minutes at 200°C in a pre-heated oven.
    Note: remove from the oven just as the cookies are starting to colour.
  11. Leave on the tray for a few minutes to cool and start to crisp before transferring to a cooling rack.
  12. Decorate with piped water icing.
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