Gingerbread-cookiesWhen Christmas is so close I start to feel the pressure. Pressure that everything has to be perfect. When I say perfect I don’t mean “pretty”, “colorful”, “ideal”. Anything like that. For me it means it has to be as if we never left home and this “perfect” starts with food. You know, the 12 dishes on Christmas Eve dinner? And this count doesn’t include desserts.

Gingerbread cookies are a part of Christmas tradition in Poland, and we are all fans of tradition, aren’t we? Especially if it is delicious and comes with an obvious excuse that you can eat as much/as many as you want. We call them Pierniki and Toruńskie Pierniki (meaning – pierniki from Toruń) are probably the most famous ones. Toruń is a city in  northern Poland well known for production of an excellent gingerbread and as a birthplace of Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus). There is even a Museum of Gingerbread there!

Although at Christmas time pierniki are baked from scratch at home, usually with participation of kids 🙂 , we enjoy them throughout the year. The company that makes them, from Toruń of course, was founded in 1763. Isn’t that amazing? That’s a lot of time to perfect the product, right? 🙂

There are many varieties of pierniki – plain ones, filled with fruit preserves, covered with chocolate or glazed. All of them are superb and I am never able to have just one. Stopped trying long time ago. If I had to choose I think that pierniki filled with plum preserve and covered with bittersweet chocolate would be my favorite kind, although I need to practice chocolate tempering for homemade ones. Second place or maybe 1st place ex aequo would be Katarzynki, that are bit more chewy and harder.


Do you remember the Cookie Swap that I posted about almost two months ago? Well, I baked and sent three dozens of pierniki to three lovely ladies: Erin from Delightful E Made, Beth from bethcakes and Laura from More Savory Less Sweet  and today is the day to reveal the recipe. So here you go, scroll down to see what’s in it!




But before you go let me just thank the three bloggers that took time and effort to bake something delicious for me. I got Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Starr (chicagofoodiegirl), Corn Cornflake-Marshmallow cookies from Gina (Obedient Ingredient) and delightful Lace Cookies from Alexa (Simple Eats). Thank you!

The recipe I am sharing today was adapted from Moje Wypieki.




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6 Responses to Pierniki – Polish Gingerbread Cookies

  1. Laine says:

    There is no ginger in the recipe!

    • Monika says:

      I know!:) And it is not a mistake. Probably “spiced cookies” would be more “correct” but the spice mix gives them close enough taste, plus they’re nice and soft. Just another version of Christmas favorite 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    I just finished making the dough and it is very soft and sticky but thick. Is this correct? At this stage it would not be possible to roll. Will that change after 24hours of refrigeration? Thanks! The batter tastes yummy!

    • Monika says:

      Hi Kim! Yes it will get better! When cold it is fairly easy to work with but when warm not so much. What I do – once refrigerated I take out only a small piece I’ll be working with and I have flour to dust surface and the piece of dough on hand. If you think it got too soft and sticky return to the refrigerator (or a freezer if you’re pressed for time, take it out after 10min or so). Thanks for trying recipe and let me know how it turns out 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  3. Barbara Minton says:

    Has anyone tried adding ginger to this recipe? I heard something similar on the radio recently and want to try it, but it had ginger in it.

    • Monika says:

      Hi Barbara! I haven’t tried it with ginger but if you would like to give it a try, maybe prepare just half a batch and see? I think that ginger alone might not give cookies enough flavor so I would add some cinnamon and allspice to it.
      This recipe for gingerbread cookies uses ginger and I am sure it could be adapted to make a “filled” version of it

      Let us know what you’ve ended up doing! Happy baking 🙂

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