Grandmother's Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

Spicy delicious gingerbread cookies say holiday time or anytime.

By Molly O'Neill

Make these Swedish cookies for Christmas or any time of year.

2/3 cup dark corn syrup
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups flour
2/3 cup heavy cream

1. Place the syrup in a small pan and place over medium heat until it is very hot but not boiling. Place the sugar in a large bowl. Pour the hot syrup over the sugar and beat until the sugar crystals dissolve, about 10 minutes. Beat in the butter, then the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Sift together the baking soda and 2 cups of the flour and stir it into the dough. Stir in the heavy cream. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour, stirring until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least a day and up to 1 week.

2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface using a floured rolling pin, roll out half the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough out. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake until the edges just barely begin to brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Cool briefly on the pan and transfer to a cool sheet pan.

Yield: About 100 cookies.



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