These cookies remind me of my childhood! We had a Dutch couple who lived across the road when I grew up, Auntie Ruth and Uncle Bill. Auntie Ruth always had treats for us and my bestie growing up Gary and I would always be over there after school eating those treats!
The best thing was the whole house smelt of these cookies coming up to Christmas! Now i don't think Auntie Ruth actually cooked them, more she opened the packet and laid them out for us.
If she made them herself or opened the packet, I really don't mind, this to me is one of those Christmas smells that I love, right along with the fresh cut Christmas Tree!
These cookies are traditionally put into wooden molds in the shape of windmills however I A. don't have one and B. Got this fantastic 1970's swedish cookie press with a tree plate on it that I wanted to try.
250 gm plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
150 gm brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cloves
1/4 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, ginger and cardamom
150 gm butter
Combine all ingredients in your mixer and beat slowly until combined then turn up, you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of ice water until everything comes to a soft dough.
If using a cookie press, fill the chamber and using your desired pattern, press out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in 170C pre heated oven for 20 minutes.
If these last a week you have a very restrained household!