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P∑pé Biscuits |

This piparkokur is the kur of a good christmas; filled with festive spices it will make you feel cosy and warm inside. This recipe is from Veggie Desserts.

Prep time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 7 minutes

Makes: 20 biscuits


125g butter at room temperature

125g granulated sugar

125g golden syrup

1 egg

225g plain flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground ginger

pinch ground black pepper

1. Batt 'er up bois

Find yourself a large bowl and cream 125g softened butter and 125g sugar together. Mix in 125g golden syrup and an egg and mix until combined. Sift in 225g flour, 3/4tsp baking powder and 1/4tsp of bicarbonate of soda, 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and a healthy pinch of black pepper.

This will be a super sticky mess, but don't worry, its time to make it the fridges problem. Wrap the dough up in clingfilm (make it look like a giant bon bon, if you're particularly like Willy Wonka's Icelandic cousin, Wilhem Wonkason) and refrigerate overnight, or freeze for a couple of hours until firmed up.

2. Do the Bakey-Pokey

Once your dough has firmed up in the blistering cold of the Icelandic tundra, or your fridge, heat your oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, don't accidentally cut the paper into snowflakes, a rectangle will do.

Retrieve your dough and roll it out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. If your dough is too sticky, like a snowman left in the sun, then add a little more flour and knead in. Use a 2" cookie cutter and cut the biscuits out, place them on the baking sheet. Be warned, these biscuits are spreaders (they're on a watch list)! so keep them socially distanced from each other to avoid a super spreader event (which will result in a giant biscuit in this case).

Bake for 7 minutes in your preheated oven. Leave the biscuits to cool and harden on the tray and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack. They will get firmer as they cool.

Dinkokur and sinkokur!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "Christmas=biscuits. There is no simpler equation than that. And adding these piparkokur into that simple equation makes it even better. These were very different to how I expected, they were a lot heavy on the cloves and lighter on the pepper than the name suggests. I also made mine with honey instead of golden syrup, so they weren't as chewy as I would have liked. Plus the dough was very very sticky and quite hard to work with. But they tasted like Christmas and went down very well with a big glass of mulled wine. 8/10"

Kate says: "I thought I was a fan of gingerbread before we made these, but the inclusion of other spices took my love to a whole new level... I foolishly took these to a friends to share around but really wished I'd kept them all for myself. They are deliciously spicy and warming from that kick of pepper, as well as chewy and sweet from the golden syrup. I really can see myself making these as my only gingerbread recipe now, my only problem is I need to find more golden syrup here in Germany - but making these again is top of my Christmas wishlist 10/10 "

.../10 Gasps


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