Pepperkaker

Old Fashion Norwegian
Christmas Ginger Cookies

Have fun baking pepperkaker all the way from Norway.

Ingredients:
3-1/2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon cloves (ground)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves (ground)
Sift together dry above ingredients.
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons graded orange rind

Preparation:
Mix butter and sugar until you have a light creamy texture and add egg, syrup and orange rind. Beat well.

Stir in dry ingredients gradually until well blended. Cover and chill overnight. (Dough will keep unbaked for 1 week so you don't have to bake it all at once.)

Roll out on floured surface, one-third at a time, to 1/8" thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters or pastry wheel.

Place on greased baking sheets. Baked in moderate oven (375° F.)

When completely cooled, the cookies can be decorated with colored powdered sugar glaze and stored in an airtight container with wax paper between the layers. Can be frozen.

Glaze:
Mix confectioners sugar (melis) and water (very easy on the water). Add food color of choice.

In Norway, these tasty delights are often made into fun shapes with favorite cookie cutters and even the small members of the family get a chance to try out their decorating skills.

To Norwegian Recipes after Norwegian Pepperkaker

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