First the Tree is Viewed, Then it is Eaten
The title of this post is a direct translation of a line from a tradition Danish Christmas carol.
The song title (loosely translated) is 'From the Top of the Green Tree'.
These days, a Danish Christmas tree is generally decorated with handcrafted and/or purchased ornaments of all types but in days of yore, people didn't have all that much. Back then, it was common to decorate the seasonal tree with home baked goods such as you see here.
Shown: a traditional Danish Christmas season cookie with the highly descriptive and fitting name: 'Brown Cookies'.
The recipe for these treats includes brown sugar and dark syrup and are in all likelihood the source of the name.
Sometimes these cookies are decorated with a bit of white sugar glazing, but just as often, they can be hung on the tree with a bit of string and allowed to shine in all their simple and natural glory.
If you're wondering how they taste, they're spicy and nice. If you have ever tasted anything 'pumpkin spice', you will probably love the classic Danish 'Brown Cookie'. The taste is not all that different.
Here's a recipe so you can try making your own and see for yourself.
Traditional Danish Brown Cookies
250 grams butter
200 grams brown sugar
200 grams dark syrup
2 tsp potash
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
500 grams flour
Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan.
Dissolve potash in water and add to melted ingredients.
Set aside and allow to cool.
Combine remaining ingredients and add to cooled mixture.
Knead and roll into a roll.
Chill roll for about 30 minutes.
Slice into thin slices and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 6 minutes at 175 Celcius in preheated oven
Optional: sprinkle sliced almonds on slices before baking or add 50 grams of chopped (skinned) almonds to the dough.
What is your favorite Seasonal cookie?