Pippi’s Pepparkakor Cookies

Who remembers Pippi Longstocking? I use to LOVE to read the books by Astrid Lindgren! I remember sitting under my mom’s hair dryer — {you know, the one that fit over your head like a helmet}, and reading to my heart’s content! {I still love to sit under hand dryers like that when I go to get my hair cut—even though I don’t need to. I request it—and now I have a reputation!} Anyone else out there that likes sitting under hair dryers and reading? Maybe we could form a club! What would we be called? Helmet Heads? Hot Heads? Drones? [I’ve had waaaayyy too much tea today…]

OK, well—here is the recipe to make the fabulous Swedish Pepparkakor that Pippi made on her kitchen floor as the story goes: “That morning Pippi was busy making pepparkakor–a kind of Swedish cookie. She had made an enormous amount of dough and rolled it out on the kitchen floor: ‘Because,’ said Pippi to her little monkey, ‘what earthly use is a baking board when one plans to make at least five hundred cookies?'”

Hope you enjoy them! I’ve made them over the years for several of my kids friends and classes–and they go fast!


[Makes 4 dozen 3″ heart cookies]

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg, beaten
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda, dissolved into 1 tbsp water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the molasses and egg, then stir in the remaining ingredients until well blended.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll the dough to 1/8″ thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into hearts with a heart cookie cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.


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