Edible Holiday Place Cards

Create fun place cards your holiday guests will never forget. These Scandinavian ginger cookies not only make fun place cards, but they are also a delicious combination of spicy, crunchy sweetness.
Ginger Cookie Place Cards

Ginger Cookie Place Cards

DK - A Greener Christmas  © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas  © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

These dark, richly spiced Scandinavian ginger cookies may take a little longer to prepare than other cookie recipes, but the wait is well worth it. Make any extra dough into smaller cookie shapes to be eaten another time.


7 oz. butter
3/4 cup sugar syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1–2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1–2 tsp. ground cloves
1–2 tsp. ground ginger
grated zest of 1 orange
2 eggs
1 lb. 2 oz. flour
3 tsp. baking powder

For the icing:
Use confectioners sugar mixed with a little warm water to make a paste. Spoon the icing into a small recycled plastic bag with one small corner cut off, squeeze the icing out gently and write names or initials on the cooled cookies.


1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Put the butter, syrup, sugar, spices and orange zest into a saucepan. Bring the mixture to the boil briefly, and then allow to cool.

2. Beat the eggs into the cooled mixture, one at a time, and mix thoroughly. Then sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.

3. Add the wet mix to the flour, a little at a time, combine into a dough, wrap tightly in eco-friendly plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

4. Take off the plastic wrap, roll out the dough 1/8-inch deep, cut into shapes, place on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes. These quantities will make about 16 cookies.

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