What’s more perfect in the fall than a spicy cookie? How about a Polish spicy cookie?

Enter piernik.

(source for both)

It’s basically a dry gingerbread cookie filled with a jam filling and coated in a thin layer of chocolate.

A family I used to babysit for had these cookies once in a while, and I used to think that they tasted alright, but totally could be brought to the next level. And so, I was inspired to make these.

Piernik Cookies

1 cup whole wheat flour

0.5 cup brown rice flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

0.5 cup plus 2 TBL molasses

1 TBL cinnamon

1 tsp each nutmeg, freshly grated ginger, allspice

0.25 cloves

0.5 tsp salt

1 cup almond milk

0.5 cup preserves (I used raspberry, but apricot would be tasty as well)

Mix up the dry ingredients to it slightly resembles a black and white cookie...

Put the wet ingredients in the center of the dry ones so it resembles an egg...

Mix it up, baby!

Struggle forming your too-wet dough into thumbprint cookie shapes...

Having wet fingers helps make the wells in the cookies...

Fill with a drop of jam...

Cover with drops of remaining dough...

Bake up at 425 for about 12 minutes...

Dip tops in melted bittersweet chocolate...

The finished piernik...delicious!


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