I think Ginger Snaps (or GingerBread Biscuits as many call them) are popular around the world during christmas.
Usually, I buy the dough in the store and then bake the cookies, but I couldn't buy the dough this year, so I made my own! The dough and the cookies turned out delicious!
I ate my first serve of ginger snaps, with a glass of cold Spicy Wine, which we call Glogg in Swedish.
Here's the recipe for the Ginger Snaps:
150 g butter
250 ml sugar
50 ml syrup
100 ml water
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardemom
1 tsp baking soda
750 ml plain flour
-Combine butter, sugar and syrup.
-Combine flour, baking soda, and the spices
-Combine the flour mix with the butter mix. Leave a little bit of the flour mix.
-Add the water and then the rest of the flour mix.
-When you have a nice, smooth dough, put it in the fridge to rest over night.
-Knead the dough, add a little more flour if needed.
-Put flour on the baking table and roll out the dough til it is very thin. (More flour on the baking table makes it much easier to get the cookies off the table later!)
-Make shapes in the dough. There are special shape cutter for ginger snaps in most stores.
-Put the shapes on a baking tin.
-Bake the snaps in the oven for around 5 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
This is how I make my Glogg (Spicy Wine):
(This makes 1 litre)
500 ml water
2 pieces of dried Ginger (or 1.5 tsp ground ginger)
2 pieces of whole cinnamon
15-20 whole cloves
2 cardemom seeds (or 1.5 tsp ground cardemom)
750 cl red wine
100 ml sugar
-Put all the spices in the water and let it boil slowly for 30 min.
-Add the wine and the sugar. Let it heat up, but not boil.
Either drink the Glogg hot with some almonds and raisin, or cool it down in the fridge, then pour it in some glasses, add ice and drink it as an ice glogg. Very nice, icy christmas drink if you live in warmer parts of the world. =o)
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