In honor of the holiday season, I borrowed a Christmas cookie recipe from a friend whose family is Swedish.¬† Every Holiday Season, they make ginger cookies called Pepparkakor Cookies.¬† These cookies are thin and crispy and very delicious.¬† The Swedish custom is to place one of these cookies in the palm of your hand.¬† Make a wish and then tap it once with the index finger of your other hand.¬† It is said that if your cookie breaks into three pieces, your wish will come true.
Pepparkakor Cookies- Wish Cookies
1 tsp baking soda
3 c. flour
¬Ω tsp salt
1 c. white sugar
¬Ω tsp ginger
¬Ω tsp ground clove
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c. melted butter
¬æ c. dark molasses
1 tbsp orange zest
Sift together the dry ingredients (only half the sugar) -flour, baking soda salt, ¬Ω c. sugar, ginger, clove and cinnamon – and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the¬†remaining sugar, butter, molasses, orange zest and egg.
Add dry ingredients and mix at a low speed until well blended.
Roll dough very thin; use a cookie cutter to form cookies into whatever shape you desire.
Bake at 350¬∞ for approximately 8 minutes or until cookies are browned.¬† Keep a close eye on them, as they brown rather quickly.
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Happy Holidays and may all your wishes come true this Season.