I made and decorated some Finnish gingerbread cookies for my friends to be given with their Christmas cards and I think they turned out pretty cute. I took a shortcut and used a ready-made gingerbread dough that I got from the Finnish Church Christmas Fair in London. It’s a great event by the way! I will, however, share a delicious recipe for gingerbread that fills the house with Christmassy spicy scents.
I made one snowflake and one Christmas tree for each bag. I used simple 4″ x 6″ clear cellophane bags that I ordered from eBay and pretty candy cane twine to wrap my cookies.
2 dl dark syrup
2 dl sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
250 g butter
9-10 dl flour
2 tsp baking soda
Bring syrup, sugar and spices to boil in a pot. Add the butter to the hot mixture and let it melt, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to cool. Add the eggs and flour that has been carefully mixed with the baking soda. Mix together until smooth.
Let the dough spices work their magic overnight. Roll out the dough 3-4 mm thick on a floured surface or on the baking paper. Use cookie cutters to cut out various shapes. Bake the gingerbread cookies at 200 °c for 7-12 minutes depending on their thickness. Allow to cool on a flat surface.
This recipe makes quite a big dough of 1.4 kg. You may want to halve the portion or freeze half of it for later.