Swedish Spice Cookies

The Swedish Spice Cookies Recipe is a version of the traditional Swedish Christmas cookies. Roll them as thin as you dare (and bake for less time) for a truly authentic result.

9 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2⁄3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp corn syrup
1 tbsp light molasses
1 1⁄3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 With an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, corn syrup, and molasses.

2 Sift together the flour, salt, and spices in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture to the cookie batter and bring it all together to form a rough dough.

3 Briefly knead until smooth, place in a plastic bag, and chill for 1 hour.

4 Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Roll the cookie dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1⁄8in (3mm) and cut out heart or star shapes with the cookie cutters.

5 Transfer the cookies to several non-stick baking sheets and bake in the top third of the oven for 10 minutes until edges darken slightly.

6 Leave the sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. STORE The cookies will keep in an airtight container for 5 days.

These are based on a Swedish Christmas cookie called Pepparkakor.To decorate a Christmas tree in traditional Swedish style, cut the cookies into heart shapes and use a straw to cut a hole out of the top before cooking. Once baked, you can tie the cookies on to the tree using red ribbon.

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