By Barbara Sheen
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Making cookie dough, which is usually frozen until right before Christmas, is a first step. It 41 (c) 2011 Kidhaven Press. All Rights Reserved. Making shaped ginger cookies is a sure sign that the Christmas season has arrived in Scandinavia. is not uncommon for Scandinavian bakers to make many different kinds of cookies, which they serve on pretty platters to guests throughout the holiday season. The cookies are also hung as holiday decorations, perfuming Scandinavian homes with their sweet zesty aroma.
The dough, which is spiced with sugar, cardamom, and cinnamon, is rolled out and coated with sweet rich butter. Then it is folded into layers and rolled out again and again. This process is repeated until the dough is incredibly thin and buttery. Austrian bakers, hired to replace striking Danish bakers in the 1840s, brought this method of working with dough to Denmark. The results were creamy, flaky, deliciously crisp, puff pastries that melt in the mouth. When the strike ended, Danish bakers adopted the method of rolling butter between layers of dough.