Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Spice Cookies

 One of my other favorite cookies that I make for the holidays are a Swedish spice cookie called "pepparkakor". I have been making this cookies for years out of my American Girl Doll Kirsten's cookbook. Here is a modified version of this recipe. They are simple, tasty, and fun to make!
1c butter (softened)
3 1/4 c flour
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t ginger
1 t ground cloves
1 1/2 c sugar
1 egg 
2 T maple syrup 
1 T water
Extra flour for rolling dough

1. In a medium mixing bowl (green in pictures), sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Set bowl aside.
2.  Using a hand mixer, mix together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg, *maple syrup, and water. Mix until it's light and fluffy.
3. Stir in the dry ingredients one cup at a time. It will get very stiff so make sure to mix well. You may need to use your hands.  
4. Cover large bowl (blue in pictures) with foil or plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

5. After you have chilled the dough, preheat the oven for 350 degrees. 
6. Sprinkle extra flour on table on rub on hands and rolling pin. Take half the dough and roll it out on table. 

7. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place cookies two inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.(I like to put parchment paper on the bottom for easy clean up!) Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned on edges. Be careful not to burn them!
8. Continue baking until you have gone through all the dough. Cool cookies on wire racks. 

Merry Christmas!

*The recipe calls for maple syrup. As a poor college student, I used regular syrup which tastes slightly different but still good!

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