Katarzynki - Polish Gingerbread Cookies

Monica H

By
@MonisiaH

When I was a little girl - oh, who am I kidding... I ALWAYS LOVED these and ALWAYS WILL even now when I'm a big girl!

When I get any chance to go to the city to the polish market, I stock up on these like Y2K people stocked up on water and gasoline. They are so good at anytime; not just Christmastime.

There are variations; these can be made with various fruit fillings in the middle, or glazed with a sugar glaze instead of chocolate. I like the traditional shape of the katarzynka, but also you can make them round, heart-shaped or whatever you like.


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Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
a bunch
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

2 c
flour
1 c
sugar
1 tsp
ground cloves
1 tsp
cinnamon
1/4 tsp
ground mace
1/4 tsp
cream of tartar
1 tsp
cocoa powder
just a pinch of black pepper
1 c
honey
4
eggs
1 tsp
baking soda
flour for dusting

FOR CHOCOLATE ICING:

1
bar of baking chocolate, or 2 cups of chocolate chips
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter

Step-By-Step

1Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Preheat oven to 350*.
2Heat honey in saucepan until it begins to boil. Turn off heat.
3Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick.
4Fold dry ingredients into eggs and sugar. Pour in honey and mix until smooth; don't over-mix.
5Turn out gently on floured surface. Roll out to 1cm thickness. Cut into desired shapes.
6Bake 12 - 15 minutes until darker color develops.
7Set aside and allow to cool before dipping into chocolate.
8While cooling, set upa double-boiler system on stove. (I just use a pot of boiling water, and set another pot (small rounded-bottom pot like a mini-wok type thing) on top of it.
9Melt butter and chocolate in pot. Stir to combine. Use tongs to tip cookies in. Set cookies on wire rack to cool.
10Serve with dusting of powdered sugar if you'd like, and a nice tall glass of milk. Yum.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: For Kids