Tested till perfect Ginger Wafers

Ginger Wafers

Crispy thin with a kick of spice perfectly describes these Swedish cookies, or pepperkaker. Decorate each with a green pumpkin seed (pepita) or slice of almond.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: December 2003

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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  • Portion size 48 cookies


  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupbutter, softened
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupgranulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupfancy molasses
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupwhipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking soda
  • 1 tsp 1tspground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp 1tspground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspground cloves
  • 48 48green pumpkin seedgreen pumpkin seeds or almond slices
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Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.

In large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and molasses until fluffy; beat in cream just until combined. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; stir into butter mixture to form smooth dough. Shape into 2 discs; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week.)

Between waxed paper, roll out each disc to (1/8)-inch (3 mm) thickness. Refrigerate until chilled, 30 minutes. Using floured 4-inch (10 cm) heart- or leaf-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps and chilling dough between cutting.

Place cookies, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on prepared pans. Press pumpkin seed into each. Refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of 400°F (200°C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until crisp and deep caramel brown, about 8 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer to racks and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional Information Per cookie: about

cal 43 pro 1g total fat 2g sat. fat 1g
carb 6g fibre 0 chol 5mg sodium 35mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 3 vit A 1 folate 2
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