Foodie Fridays: Piparkakku
Published: November 17, 2018
With Christmas around the corner, now is a perfect time to enjoy traditional Finnish gingerbread!
3/4 cup golden syrup
3/4 cup plus 1 1/3 tbsp granulated sugar
8 3/4 ounces unsalted butter
1 tbsp orange or lemon zest
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Powdered sugar for topping (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine golden syrup, sugar, butter, zest, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger over medium heat. Remove from heat once it comes to a boil and the butter has completely melted. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a stand mixer or large bowl.
Beat the spice mixture until light and pale. Add the eggs one at a time.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until dough comes together. Cover the dough in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 390 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.
Break off a portion of the chilled dough and place on well floured surface. Keep the remaining dough in refrigerator. Roll the dough very thin (between 1/8-1/4 inches thick), flouring as needed to keep it from sticking. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Arrange at least 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.
Bake in preheated oven until slightly puffed and beginning to darken around the edges. Repeat with remaining dough.
If desired, dust with powdered sugar or add frosting before serving.