Pepparkakor Cookies

Pepparkakor  (Swedish spice cookies)
Submitted by Kristi Tornquist
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon white Karo syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
Blend butter and sugar.  Add egg, syrup, and orange juice.   In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and then blend them into the wet mixture.   Roll out very thin on a pastry cloth coated with flour and sugar.  Cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter (this is traditional).  Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.   If you have rolled them very thin, they bake quickly.
When you eat them, the tradition is:  hold a cookie cupped in the palm of your hand.   Make a wish and then tap the cookie with a finger on the other hand.  If the cookie breaks into three pieces AND if you eat all three pieces without speaking, your wish will come true.

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