Sunday, November 23, 2014

Scandinavian Christmas Cookies

I have always wanted to spend Christmas in Scandinavia. Maybe it's because I love everything about winter there. I would love to see a Reindeer in my lifetime. So, until those dreams come true, I'll make Scandinavian Christmas Cookies.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Sheet Pans lined with Parchment Paper
A variety of Christmas Cookie Cutters
Scandinavian Pearl Sugar

3 1/2 C Flour
2 tsp ground Ginger
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp ground Cloves
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 C Lyles Golden Syrup
1 tsp fresh grated Orange Peel
16 TBS  unsalted Butter, cubed
1 C granulated Sugar
1 large Egg, beaten
Pearl Sugar to dust the finished cookies.

A speciality sugar that doesn't melt during baking.
You can mix it in cookie dough for added crunch or
dust the tops of cookies before baking.

In a large Mixing Bowl:
Baking Soda
Whisk well.

In a saucepan on medium heat:
Lyles Golden Syrup
Orange Peel
Whisk together.

Heat, stirring, until melted.
Set aside and cool completely off the heat.
Whisk together.
Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to combine well.
Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate overnight.

Roll out portions of the dough on a floured surface, 1/4" thick.
Cut out your favorite Christmas shapes with the Holiday Cookie Cutters.
Transfer the cookies to the Sheet Pans and sprinkle with a light dusting of the Pearl Sugar.
Bake for 7 - 8 minutes.
Watch carefully, avoid letting them get too brown.

Remove to a rack and cool for 5 minutes.
Transfer the cookies to the rack and cool completely.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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