As a child winter-time started for me when my mother bought ‘braune Kuchen’, ginger cookies. Thin, dark brown cookies, crispy and tasty. Then my mother would peel some apples and I had these together with the cookies as dinner. So delicious, so good!
For decades I didn’t eat them anymore, I never rarely bought them by my own. Maybe because I left Germany at a young age and forgot, maybe just because I didn’t trust they would be still the same when I would buy them at the supermarket. My mother got them at a special pastry shop. A few times I found them at IKEA, pepperkakor. They are very similar.
So a few days ago I thought why not to try a recipe for these great cookies? They last for a long time stored in a airtight container. And I was sure I still had a lot of Lebkuchen spices. That is a special mixture for ginger bread, I bought a lot the last years. I thought. I didn’t. No ginger bread spices! I asked a friend from Germany to send me some. I am still waiting.
And then I had an idea: as I anyway have to change the recipe to make it paleo, gluten-free and lactose-free then I could also change the spices. Very similar to the Lebkuchen spices are pumpkin pie spices. My solution!
The procedure is a longer one, the cookie dough has to rest at least for 12 hours in a cool place, I prepared the dough yesterday morning and let it chill outside (I don’t use a fridge if not in summer for ice cream).
This morning I prepared the cookies and watching them in the oven, slowly and lightly raising, I could smell my childhood. In my mind I was already sitting in the chair, eating a sliced and peeled apple, biting into a crunchy ginger cookie and reading the last Ken Follett Saga book.
The wonderful thing is that even paleo and without ginger bread spices they are perfect! They are a great snack, a dinner substitute, a nice present when vising friends and so great to offer with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. And even easy to prepare.
I hope you will enjoy them like me, even though they maybe don’t remind you anything now, one day maybe they will!