Perfect for the Holiday season...or for whenever!
This cookie is mainly made around St. Lucia's Day which is a holiday commonly celebrated in Sweden on December 15th. I however, didn't make this batch until tonight, but made others before the 15th.
There are also many recipes online that will tell you how to make these, but I have decided to share my own personal recipe that I have concocted while using other recipes from friends, family, and online sources.
This recipe makes A LOT of cookies! DOZENS! You can switch the recipe up any way you desire according to taste.
Enjoy! and Happy Holidays!
Place butter in a large, heatproof bowl.
In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar, molasses and spices just to boiling point.
Add baking soda and stir in.
Pour this mixture over the butter and stir until it melts.
Beat egg and mix in; add flour, a cup at a time, and blend thoroughly.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead 1-2 minutes. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap (Tin foil works just as well) and chill until firm (which takes about 3-4 hours.)
NOTE: The longer it sits and chills, the more the flavor ripens. The traditional way is a 3 day process where the dough is made and then set aside for about 3 days. I have found that 3-4 hours works best if you quiver with anticipation, much like I do. ALSO, 1 hour is also a feasible time to let it set, but need I remind you that the longer it waits, the better it tastes!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees...and let the fun begin!
Roll out dough to desired thickness (or thinness). Traditionally the cookie is supposed to be thin (hence the meaning of "Pepparkakor".
If you do decide to make the cookies really thin (the traditional way), then be sure not to make them TOO thin, otherwise the cookies will be more likely to burn faster is the oven.
Once you have your desired thickness (or again, thinness), then take your cookie cutters (of whichever shapes) and start cutting them out.
Then place on pan and bake for about 7 mins. At about 5 mins into baking, you might want to check up on them to make sure they are baking evenly. (usually at this time, I turn the cookie sheet and continue to let the cookies bake until golden brown).
Now, once you have baked these cookies to your liking, you may now set them aside to cool.
Once cooled, you may now place them out and decorate them if you'd like. I usually just leave them as they are.
The last thing left to do is enjoy. I like to share mine with everyone! They make great gifts FYI!