Pernik is ginger cookies in Czech.
Let’s make pernik and decorate Christmas tree with them!
Yields 80+ cookies
300g All purpose flour 50g Butter 70g Icing Sugar (confectioners’) 1 Egg 4tbsp Honey 1tbsp Pernik Spice 1tbsp Baking Soda Icing 1 Egg white 13tbsp Icing sugar 2tsp Lemon Extract
Place flour, baking soda and pernik spice in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the room temperature butter with a mixer.
Add Icing sugar and blend until fluffy.
Add egg and honey then blend.
Add flour mixture and combine well.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap or place into a plastic bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.
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.
Bake on the bottom rack for 10-15minutes until edge is lightly browned.
Remove the cookies from oven and cool on a wire rack.
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.
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.