Recipe by Kim D.
Piparkakuts are a traditional holiday cookie in Finland. They are usually cut into round scallop shapes, but little boys and pigs are the traditional shapes during the holidays. I found this recipe on the internet and I can't wait to give it a try soon! --NOTE-- cooking time includes cooling time and chilling time.
- 1 1⁄2 cups butter (no substitute)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3⁄4 cup dark corn syrup
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon allspice
- 3 teaspoons orange zest
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
Directions See How It's Made
- Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and spices in a saucepan.
- Over low-medium heat, stir ingredients constantly until ingredients look like they are about to boil.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Allow sugar mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Stirring occasionally might help speed up this process.
- Stir eggs into cooled sugar mixture.
- Sift flour and baking soda together and add to sugar mixture.
- Mix well.
- Roll dough into a ball.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours or overnight.
- Split dough into 2 parts; Roll dough about 1/4-inch thick on a clean, floured surface.
- Cut into desired shapes.
- Bake in preheated oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
- Cookies can be left plain, or decorated with pipped icing.
- NOTE: This makes a crisp cookie, if a softer cookie is desired you may substitute brown sugar for the granulated sugar.