|Charlie broke his cookie in three pieces.|
He wished for more cookies!
Unfortunately, Epiphany is also the day that the Christmas tree is traditionally taken out of the house. And I'm going to do that. Right after I have a few more Piparkakut ...
|Use baking soda, not baking powder.|
3 1/4 c all-pupose flour
1 tsp baking soda (the first picture shows powder; trust me, it's soda)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 c margarine or butter
1 1/2 c sugar
1 large egg
2 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp finely grated orange or lemon zest
|Use a wire whisk to "sift" together|
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until softened.
Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg, molasses, water and zest; beat well.
Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well mixed. Cover and chill at least two hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
Cut with star cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper).
Bake until done, about 8 minutes. Remove immediately to wire rack for cooling.
NOTE: These can be served plain (my preference) or piped with Icing: Stir together 2 c sifted confectioner's sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla and about 2 Tbsp milk.
|This stack would go well with a cup of tea before taking the tree out.|