Anybody else getting excited for Christmas? The anticipation around here is high. The smell of cookies baking evokes many happy memories and now I have a new recipe to add to my arsenal. Help me welcome Rebecca Hunter and her tempting ginger snap cookie recipe along with several holiday romances!
Thanks for hosting me, Betty! I’m Rebecca Hunter, I write the steamy contemporary romance series Stockholm Diaries.
Since it’s December, I thought I’d share a holiday cookie recipe. In my Stockholm Diaries series, North American women travel to Sweden and find romance, adventure… and new foods, of course. The heroines try everything from cinnamon rolls to sandwiches with hard-boiled eggs and caviar paste!
Stockholm Diaries, Alice is the next set of stories in the series (coming in early 2017). It’s a set of four novelettes and in the last one, New Years in Stockholm, Jonas offers Alice the classic Swedish treat ginger snaps. Here’s a sneak peek at the family recipe we use in our house to make these cookies every December. It was handed down from my husband’s grandmother – his “farmor” – which is where the name of this recipe comes from.
Here in the U.S., most gingerbread recipes feature molasses. However, Swedish recipes use a beet sugar extract called sirap instead. Outside of Scandinavia, you probably won’t find this ingredient in your local grocery store, but you can easily order it on Amazon under the brand name Dansukker. It’s worth the extra step, since sirap gives these ginger snaps a delicate, distinctly Scandinavian taste.
Farmor’s Swedish Ginger Snaps
125 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
125 grams (1/3 cup) sirap*
125 grams (9 T) butter
3/4 deciliter (1/3 cups) whipping cream
1/2 T cinnamon
1/2 T ginger
1/2 t nutmeg
1 t baking soda
350 grams (2 3/4 cups) flour
* Sirap in Scandinavia is made of beet sugar, which gives these cookies a distinct taste. If you can’t find it, use “golden syrup” instead.
Mix flour and baking soda. Cut butter into flour mixture.
Whip up whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks Add sugar, syrup, spices and the (half) whipped egg.
Work flour mixture into the wet ingredients and work it all into a smooth, even dough. Wrap tightly and let the dough stand in the refrigerator until the following day.
To bake: Preheat oven to 350F. Flour a workspace and work the dough until it’s smooth. Roll out the dough very thin and cut into shapes. Bake on a greased cookie sheet until they are golden brown. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet before you remove them.
About the author:
Award-winning author of sensual, emotional adventures of the heart.
Rebecca Hunter is a writer, editor and translator who has always loved to read and travel. Though she earned a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in English Education, most of what she learned about writing romance has come from other sources.
Over the years, Rebecca has called many places home, including Michigan, where she grew up, New York City, San Francisco, and, of course, Stockholm, Sweden. After their most recent move from Sweden back to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her husband assured each other they’ll never move again. Well, probably not.
To sign up for news, sneak peeks and free stories, go to Rebecca’s website at http://www.rebeccahunterwriter.com.
Her first book, Stockholm Diaries, Caroline won the 2016 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award.
So tempting! The stories and the cookies, truth be told. Baking cookies is a long-time tradition around my house, beginning when I was a child growing up. What’s your favorite cookie?
Merry Christmas, everyone!
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When architect Meredith Reed inherits her family’s plantation after the devastating loss of her own family, she must choose how to move on with her life. Keep the plantation? Not a good idea. Sell it? Better. Turn it into a memorial park? Better yet. But can she go against her family traditions and the hunky but irate lawyer?
Max Chandler needs two things to complete his life plan: become a senior partner and find his soul mate. He’s due a promotion once his legislation to protect the county’s historic properties is approved. The wife part he finds more challenging, having never met the right woman. If only the talented, attractive, aloof Meredith didn’t want to destroy the very property he cherishes.
While Meredith struggles to reconcile her past and future, will she learn a lesson from the spectral Lady in Blue in time to save both her family and home from destruction?
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