Polish Gingerbread (Pierniczki)




Introduction: Polish Gingerbread (Pierniczki)

I was given this recipe by a Polish friend a few years back and have been enjoying these biscuits since. I hope you like them as much as I do and please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions. To the recipe, Boy Wonder!

To make 80 - 100 biscuits (yield depends on size of cookie cutter), you will need:

1200g plain flour, sieved
400g caster sugar
250g set honey
500g cooking margarine
4 eggs, whisked thoroughly
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
3 teaspoons freeze-dried coffee
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons mixed spice
50g cocoa powder

1 large mixing bowl
1 medium-sized saucepan
2-4 greased (with cooking margarine) baking trays
2-4 cooling racks
1 rolling pin
1 cookie cutter

Step 1: Melting

In the saucepan mix together the honey, cooking margarine, freeze-dried coffee, cinnamon, mixed spice and cocoa powder. Heat on a hob until melted into a deep brown liquid and remove from the heat to cool.

Step 2: Mixing

In the mixing bowl combine the plain flour, caster sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Whisk the eggs and add to the mixture, stirring in thoroughly.

Step 3: Making the Dough

Add the cooled liquid to the mixture in the bowl and stir thoroughly. You should get a nice dough like in the second picture. At this stage put the oven on at 180 degrees Celsius to preheat.

Step 4: Rolling

Cover a clean worksurface with flour and roll the dough to about 10mm thick with a rolling pin, ensuring that the dough is liberally coated with flour to prevent sticking. Using a floured cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits, re-rolling the spare dough until all is used. Spread the biscuits out evenly on the greased baking trays and put in the preheated oven for 6-7 mins. Rotate the trays to ensure even cooking and put back in the oven for another 6-7 mins.

Step 5: Finishing

Once cooked, you can do as you please to finish the biscuits. Some may find them a bit dry so icing (or 'frosting'...:P) tends to help. For kids you can use sprinkles and other such sugary delights to make them bright and colourful. Enjoy!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks a lot for this recipe. My father is polish and everytime he came back from Poland he carried lots of pierniczki for me. They look delicious, I'm gonna try this right now!!


    this is my own ignorance showing, i'm sure... but what is "set" honey? "caster" sugar? and what do you mean by "mixed spice"? i know allspice and pumpkin pie spice... am i getting close? i also need to find a conversion site so i can figure how many to turn grams into (approximate) cups!


    12 years ago on Step 1

    what's a hob? i'm vocabulary - ignorant on this one!


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 1

    The hob is just the ring on the top of your oven


    13 years ago on Introduction

    Those look good! What kind of icing would you use if so inclined?


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    1 cup powdered sugar lemon juice water enough to make a thick fluid mix and pour into a small zip lock sandwich bag and cut a corner (not too much) off with sharp scissors. Drizzle on cookies.


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    I just used normal glace icing... it's up to you really though. Thnaks for the nice comment!