Pepparkakor come from Sweden and you probably know them from Ikea. They are perfect for using cookie cutters as they don't change shape while baking. I love their spiciness.
Recipe from Moje wypieki.
- 150 g molasses (black treacle, sugar beet syrup, date syrup or maple syrup)
- 110 g butter
- 100 g icing sugar
- 375 g all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger (or more if you like)
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp mixed spice (I added mix of cardamon, ginger, black pepper and nutmeg)
In a large bowl sieve the flour together with baking powder, spices and salt. Form a hole in the middle and add the egg as well as the molasses mixture and knead together with your food processor - the dough might be very sticky.
Add a little more flour if the dough appears too sticky, you should be able to shape it into a ball.
Tightly cover it with cling film and let rest in the fridge until firm (for about 2 hours).
Cut off smaller portions of the dough and roll it out (the thinner the better) on a lightly floured board and cut into desired shapes. Place on greased baking sheets and bake at 175ºC/155ºC fan for 8 to 10 minutes or until they just start to get some colour on the very edges. Remove from oven and cool on the wire rack.
Keep in an air-tight container. They get better day by day.