Valentine’s Day Baking

I love to bake pretty things. Many times I’ve considered going pro, and once I even had a deposit down to start at the French Culinary Institute, but in the end I worry that making it a job will make it feel like work. So I’m happy to continue playing and growing in the kitchen on my own time, and subjecting friends and family to my mostly successful efforts. This year, I saw that our community was gathering baked goods to deliver to seniors for Valentine’s Day. How could I refuse? I know gingerbread is a little Christmassy, but I’m not ready to relinquish this recipe each year until it’s really warm out. It’s called peppakorka, and the recipe comes from my Swedish grandmother. They are crunchy and spicy and comforting, and you can decorate however you’d like. I am currently bogged down in the middle of a lengthy house project (more on that soon) so I knew I didn’t want to go all out. I’ve made peppakorka stars and brushed them with gold luster dust to fabulous effect, so I went that route here, and tried the red as well.


  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 6 Tbsp dark molasses
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger

Bring butter, sugar, molasses, maple syrup and vinegar to boiling. Cool and add egg. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix well. Chill several hours or overnight. Roll out on lightly floured surface and cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 for 7-8 minutes.

If I am going to decorate the cookies, I skip the sugar. I also have found that with my current oven, I do better at 350–not sure if it runs hot or if that just gives me a slightly bigger window to get them to the exact level of doneness I like. They should have just the barest tinge of darker brown on the edges. Any more and they are burnt, but I like to make sure they are slightly well done and will cool to crunchy deliciousness.

Even though we had some cookies left over, I of course had to also make individual two-layer heart-shaped red velvet cakes…


2 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Baking

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