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All I’m saying is

you rarely see a

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january’s last bite!

Is it time yet?

How about now?

Is it finally time?

Can we PLEASE do it now??

Yes Helen,

now we can bake.


January’s Cookie will be:

The Pepparkakor!

The Pepparkakor is a Swedish Cookie we learned to bake when our daughter, like many other young girls her age, was an admirer of The American Girl Doll Collection.  Always inquisitive our daughter was more obsessed with trying to learn as much as she could about each of the dolls in the collection, than her desire to own one! (Although she did, after two years of deciding which was the ‘one for her,’ place Samantha on her birthday wish list.)  Through her searches in libraries, book stores, and The American Girl Doll Catalog she discovered so many wonderful historical and cultural things, even the foods they would have eaten in their time period and world location.  And this is exactly how we discovered the Pepparkakor cookie, where the recipe was tucked into a cookbook of an American Girl doll!

Pepparkakor Cookies

1 cup butter, 3 1/4 cups flour, 2 tea baking soda, 2 tea cinnamon, 1 tea ginger, 1/2 tea ground cloves, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 egg, 2 tab maple syrup, 1 tab water

  1. Soften the butter.  Measure the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves into a sifter.  Sift ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  Set the bowl aside.
  2. Put the sugar and softened butter into a large mixing bowl.  Use a wooden spoon to press together & stir.  Add the egg, maple syrup, and water to the butter & sugar mixture.  Beat until fluffy.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the mixture 1 cup at a time.  Mix well after each cup.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate, and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour to make the dough easier to roll out and handle.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Have ungreased cookie sheets ready to use.
  6. Sprinkle flour onto a table or counter.  Divide the dough into 2 balls.  Try to make the piece about 1/8 inch thick.
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes .  Put the cookies 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets.  Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned on the bottom.  Watch the cookies carefully.  They burn easily!

What shape to choose?

nibble, nibble, nibble…

crumbs on the plate.

nibble, nibble, nibble…

it’s almost too late!


Or you’ll miss the last bite

of something that is great!

It is exhausting to sit around and wait all day!


hugs n’ blessings are being sent no matter what shape you are!