I have been baking these Swedish ginger biscuits for years now and I am quite sure that I have already shared this recipe before. But for all who missed it back then, here we go again.
Pepparkakor, as they are called in Swedish, are probably the easiest Christmas cookies you can bake. They are crunchy, they are spicy and they are even vegan – apart from the homemade icing I used for decoration. And, as the recipe does not involve any eggs, they are also great to bake with children. You can just eat as much dough as you want to and don’t have to be afraid of salmonella. Yay! You can bake these in great batches and if you store them in a tin can they will stay fresh until well after Christmas! They are great as gift tags or even as gifts themselves. Find the recipe for these Swedish Christmas Cookies and the homemade icing below.
200ml golden syrup
210g brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
For the Icing
1 egg white
Gently heat the water, the golden syrup and the sugar in a pot. Add the butter and let it dissolve. In a large mixing bowl, combine the other ingredients and slowly add the hot mixture. Stir and knead until you have a gooey, sticky dough. Transfer the dough onto some cling foil, let it cool and put it into the refrigerator overnight.
On the next day, take a batch of your dough and roll it out onto a floured surface. The dough should be about 0.25 to 0.5 cm thick. Cut out your cookies and bake them in the preheated oven at 180 °C for about 8-10 minutes. Transfer them to a cooling rack and get the next batch going.
The only thing I need to find out is how to prevent the cookies from making these bulges you can see on some of them … I tried freezing them before baking, but that did not help. So, if you know the trick, please share it in the comments!
When the cookies are cool, feel free to decorate them with some icing. I usually used store bought icing for decorations, but this year I figured out that all you need to create the perfect icing is a lot of icing sugar and an egg white. Just stir as much icing sugar into the egg white until it has a nice, smooth and sticky texture. Spoon some of it into a piping bag and get creative.