Pernik 4 December 2009 Go Pushkin


Pernik is ginger cookies in Czech.
Let’s make pernik and decorate Christmas tree with them!

gingercookies1Czech Christmas Cookies, Pernik (Ginger cookies)
ginger cookies recipe

Yields 80+ cookies

300g   All purpose flour
50g   Butter
70g   Icing Sugar (confectioners’)
1   Egg
4tbsp   Honey
1tbsp   Pernik Spice
1tbsp   Baking Soda
1   Egg white
13tbsp   Icing sugar
2tsp   Lemon Extract
ginger cookies recipe

Directions: 1

Place flour, baking soda and pernik spice in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.

ginger cookies recipe


In a large bowl, cream the room temperature butter with a mixer.

ginger cookies recipe


Add Icing sugar and blend until fluffy.

ginger cookies recipe


Add egg and honey then blend.

ginger cookies recipe


Add flour mixture and combine well.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap or place into a plastic bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.

ginger cookies recipe


Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F).
Roll out dough to 5mm (1/4 inch) thickness on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into shapes and place on baking sheet.

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Bake on the bottom rack for 10-15minutes until edge is lightly browned.
Remove the cookies from oven and cool on a wire rack.

ginger cookies recipe

8 -Icing-

In a bowl, whip egg white. Add sugar a little at a time and beat until stiff.
Don’t forget to add lemon extract.
After cookies have cooled completely, decorate them.

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Store in an airtight tin.


If you are not able to get “Pernik Spice”, make your own pernik spice.
Czech Pernik Spice contains 11 different spices which are cinnamon,
nutmeg, coriander, fennel, ginger, cloves, allspice, anise, star anise,
pepper and cardamon. I suggest that ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
would make similar flavour.