Cookie Challenge: Iceland: RecipeDestination 3: IcelandIcelandic Pepper CookiesSo far this has been the favourite.I suggest you start this at night because it has to cool overnight.Stuff you'll need:1 1/4 cups butter, softened1 1/4 cups white sugar3/4 cup light corn syrup2 eggs3 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 tsp baking powder1 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt2 tsp ground cinnamon2 tsp ground cloves1 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 tsp ground black pepper5 cups of lavaDirections:Cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the corn syrup and eggs; cream well. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices). Leave it overnight in the fridge. The next morning, use the lava to cook the cookies for around 2 seconds. Or you could be a wuss and just use the oven. Preheat the oven for 350°F. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thick and cut out shapes (circles) before placing them about 1-2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
Cookie Challenge: Germany: RecipeDestination 2: Germany (we really moved far from our last one... Netherlands...)Cookie: Janhagel (Netherlands also has a cookie called this, but this is a different one)I don't have a picture for this either.Stuff you'll need:1 cup butter/margarine, melted1 cup sugar1 egg, separated2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour1 tsp cinnamon1 cup oatmeal (this is supposed to be almonds, but I'm allergic so it's peanut/nut free)Directions:Combine butter and sugar, and blend well. Stir in egg yolk. Add flour and cinnamon, mixing thoroughly. Press mixture into greased wax-paper-lined 10”x15” jelly-roll pan (just a pan deep enough to put these in...). Beat egg white until fluffy, spread over cookie mixture, and sprinkle with oatmeal. Bake in preheated (350°F) oven for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let it cool for 5 minutes before cutting into 2”x3” rectangles.Devour them.
Cookie Challenge: Netherlands: RecipeI didn't have a picture for this because I was too late.This is for the Cookie Challenge (make a Cookie from each country).Today's: Netherlands.Today we're focusing on Speculaas (Dutch Spice Cookie). These are generally eaten around Christmas time (Sinterklaas, December 5th).Stuff you'll need:450g flour350g butter225g brown sugar5 tsp baking powder1 tbsp cinnamon1 tbsp ginger1 tsp clovesDirections:Mix all dry ingredients (everything except butter basically). Add the butter and knead (mix) with your hands (preferably clean). Butter the baking sheet in baking pan and place dough onto baking sheet. Flour the rolling pin before rolling dough out into pan until it’s 1½ cm thick. Or just press it down with your hands, that's cool too. Preheat the oven for 180°C (350°F). Bake for 35 minutes because you need patience. Once cookies are done, immediately cut it into squares (they will be too hard when they are cooled off).