1986 Winner: Sirups Kager (Danish Brown Spice Cookies)
Author/Submitted by: Julie K. Cook, of Chicago,
Chicago Tribune annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 4, 1986
Butter or margarine,
Dark corn syrup
mixed with 1 teaspoon water
up to 4 cups
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters into reindeer or desired shapes. Or roll dough into logs about 1-inch in diameter and slice crosswise into 1-inch-thick rounds.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheets until lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Cream butter or margarine with sugar and corn syrup. Stir in cinnamon, cloves and baking soda mixture. Add flour a little at a time, mixing well after each addition until stiff dough forms. Cover dough and refrigerate until firm.
Sirups kager, a Danish spice cookie "as brown as a reindeer," was a humble but coveted Christmas prize enjoyed by her grandfather in Denmark, writes our contest winner, Julie K. Cook, of Chicago.