Dec 7, 2009

Memory Lane Monday

Every year, way before the holidays, my grandmother would start baking cookies and one of my favorites  types were called Pepparkakor cookies made from from a recipe going way back. Although my father's family was English and Irish, my maternal grandparents were Swedish.

It was holiday tradition, right up until grandma became too ill to continue, that she baked 
Pepparkakor Cookies. I can still remember as a very young girl, going to the Vasa Lodge every Christmas  for the Swedish festivities...How I wish I could have introduced my children to my grandparents! I miss them very much during this time of year.

Pepparkakor Cookies


3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons dark corn syrup


*Sift the flour together with the baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom in a mixing bowl.

*Beat the butter together with the white and brown sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. 

*Mix in the egg and corn syrup until smooth. 

*Gradually stir in the flour mixture until evenly blended. 

*Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and wrap tightly each with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or overnight

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 

*Lightly grease baking sheets.
Using 1 portion at a time, work on a floured surface and roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. 

*Cut into shapes with cookie cutter, and place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.

*Bake in oven until set, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered tins.

* Blogger is giving me quite a bit of grief today, so please excuse the format if it publishes a little oddly!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

How beautiful that you have this tangible connection to your Grandmother that you can pass on to your own children!

Anonymous said...

Hej Lizzie, ja, alla människor i Sverige äter Pepparkakor till jul! They are so good!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lizzie, yes, all people eat pepparkakor at christmas! They are so good!

Rue said...

Good Jul! We adopted a Swedish fellow as a grandfather when I was young. He made these cookies for us every Christmas. Plus a nut bread/cake. Yum!