The most original northern Christmas cookie is the pepper cookie. Before the modern stowe, this was the only cookie you were able to make yourself for Christmas.
The original recipe originates from Germany in the fifteenhundreds and was made with rye flour, honey and strong spices.
My favorite recipe is from the fantastic Danish bakery Lagkagehuset (The Layered Cake House). The smell, taste and consistensy is perfect and children can easily make them.
Pepper Cookies (about 300 pieces)
- Butter (2 cups/250 gr.)
- Sugar (2 cups./250 gr.)
- Whipping Cream (3.5 fl. oz./1 dl.)
- Plain flour (18 oz./500 g.)
- Ground ginger (1 tsp.)
- Cinnamon (1 tsp.)
- White or black pepper (1 tsp.) Black pepper will give you a little more umf, which in my opinion is a good thing.
- Cardamom (1 tsp.)
- Baking powder (1 tsp.)
- Baking soda (1 tsp.)
I often use gloves when I bake. This makes it possibly to attend to children in need in an instant. Make sure to use Nitrile rubber gloves approved for food contact. You can get them at about $0.2 a pair and though not as stretchy as rubber, they have a perfect fit.
Whip butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Whip the cream in at low settings. Mix spices, baking powder and baking soda into the flour and mix everything together. Roll the dough into sausages (thick as a finger) and cut in small pieces. Roll them into small balls and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for about 7-10 minutes at 400 ºF/200 ºC.
You can freeze the dough for later use. If you flatten the bag it will take up less room in your freezer and will defrost quicker.
Eat them all yourself or give them to friends and family in jars or Danish woven Christmas hearts. Or you can play mouse.
Mouse – a Christmas game
Place a row of cookies on the table. One kid leaves the room and the others name one of the cookies “Mouse” The child is called back in and is allowed to eat until he/she picks the Mouse. At this point everyone yells MOUSE and a new kid leaves the room.
What is your favorite Christmas cookie?