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Pepparkakor (or Wish) Cookie

Pepparkakor (or Wish) Cookie

This very Swedish cookie is like a molasses cookie but with a little more zip. They are also called Wish cookies because you are to place a cookie in the palm of your hand. Then, make a wish. Using the index finger of your free hand, tap the cookie in the middle. Swedish tradition states that if the cookie breaks into three pieces, your wish will come true.


  • 8 ounces butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in egg, corn syrup, orange juice, and orange zest. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; stir into the creamed mixture until combined.

Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thickness, and cut into shapes such as hearts, scalloped flowers, or even pigs with a cookie cutter. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on wire racks. They need to be crisp when cooled, so adjust your baking time as needed. Store in an airtight container.

A recipe for SuperDuper Crispy Gingersnaps can also be found in Farm Recipes & Food Secrets from the Norske Nook (970-753-0502).

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