Delightful Polish Gingerbread (Pierniczki)

by Jan Vasil
Delightful Polish Gingerbread (Pierniczki)

Polish Gingerbreads, known as Pierniczki, are traditional baked delights originating from Poland. These sweet treats are synonymous with the holiday season, though they grace various occasions throughout the year.

The simplicity of the recipe, coupled with the health benefits of ingredients like honey, make Pierniczki a cherished homemade treat.

History of Gingerbreads

The history of Polish gingerbreads dates back to the 14th century, with the city of Toruń being a prominent hub for gingerbread baking. The crafting of Pierniczki was not only a culinary endeavor but a form of art, with elaborate molds and designs showcasing the bakers’ skills.

Through centuries, the tradition of baking gingerbreads has been passed down, making it a nostalgic and cherished practice in Poland​.

Combinations of Gingerbreads

While the classic Pierniczki are delightful on their own, they can be paired with various ingredients to enhance their flavor.

One traditional combination includes filling them with plum jam (powidla) and walnut cream, creating a taste sensation that bridges the old with the new.

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Delightful Polish Gingerbread (Pierniczki)

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  • cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon 1 baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 honey

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 butter

  • 1 large 1 egg


  • Prepare the Dough:
  • In a saucepan, mix honey, sugar, and butter over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and spices.
  • Add the cooled honey mixture and the egg to the flour mixture, and stir until a dough forms.
  • Shape the Gingerbreads:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Using cookie cutters or traditional molds, cut out the gingerbreads.
  • Bake:
  • Place the gingerbreads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are slightly golden.
  • Allow them to cool on a wire rack before serving or decorating as desired.

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What other fillings can be used for Polish gingerbreads?

Aside from plum jam and walnut cream, you can experiment with different jams, nut butter, or even chocolate.

Can I use molasses instead of honey?

Traditional Pierniczki recipes use honey, but you can substitute it with molasses for a different flavor.

How should I store the gingerbreads?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Can I freeze the gingerbread dough?

Yes, you can freeze the dough for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using it.

Where can I find traditional gingerbread molds?

Traditional molds may be found in specialty baking stores or online. They add a beautiful, authentic touch to your gingerbreads.

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