Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Finnish Christmas Cookies




Finnish Christmas Cookies







Finnish Christmas cookies shaped like a pinwheel and filled with delicious prune jam. The recipe makes a big batch of cookies. Bake them for Christmas and freeze any leftovers.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 dash of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 can puff pastry, thawed (14-17 ounce package)
  • 25 whole prunes, pitted
  • Powdered sugar, optional, for dusting

Instructions

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees (F).

Then, to make the filling, combine the prunes with the water, sugar, and spices in a medium saucepan, then simmer over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and mash the prunes with a fork or a small masher.

While the mixture is heating, open the thawed sheets of dough and cut each sheet into nine squares (18 squares in total). Make cuts at each corner of the squares, halfway to the middle. Create windmills by taking each corner of dough and pressing it down the middle, repeating with each corner until a windmill forms. Place a spoonful of the prune mixture on the windmill (this makes a prettier star). You can also place a spoonful of the mixture in the middle of the square and create a windmill by rolling the dough over the filling.

Put the stars on cookie sheets (this will probably take two sheets) and bake for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.

Cool on a cookie rack and top with powdered sugar. Place Christmas cookie-eating monsters in your hands and watch the stars disappear instantly! Happy Cooking Time.