Polish gingerbread
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Polish Gingerbread (Piernik) Recipe

Piernik The European Mama


I love gingerbread. However, I’ve never tried making it myself. But December is the perfect time for gingerbread, and besides, my children and I have this new tradition in which we make a 3-to-5 course dinner every Thursday (don’t worry, most likely, it will be some kind of salad for starter, then cooked vegetables, then a soup (from a can), then the main dish and desert.

I decided we would make Dutch pepernotjes, German Plaetzchen and Polish pierniczki (gingerbread cookies). We did the pepernotjes and now was the time for the Polish cookies. I didn’t like the recipe I had in my cookbook but then found something even better: my grandmother’s piernik (gingerbread) recipe. In fact, it’s called, “Royal Gingerbread:”- Piernik królewski.

Polish gingerbread

I’ve never experienced her making it for me. I’ve never tried it. This was my father’s mom, the one who lived in France and we haven’t seen her for over 20 years and now we never will because she died a few years ago. Now I have left of her are a few pages of recipes- for piernik, another for “lazy pierogi” (pierogi leniwe), for lamb stew (which I won’t make because my husband doesn’t eat stew) and pierogi (the recipe is slightly different from mine).

I am writing down this recipe because it’s written by hand and the pages are getting more and more illegible. I’m trying to rescue the few recipes I still can read but I also wanted to share this with you because I wanted you to be able to make it as well. It’s not very hard to make. The interesting part is where you cook the sugar, honey, flour and butter- I don’t know of many recipes where you actually have to cook the batter before baking it. I also change it a little by using cocoa powder instead of coffee (I didn’t have coffee since I don’t drink it. My husband uses pads and I can’t operate the coffee machine, so no coffee for me thank you).

Here it is and marry Christmas!

Piernik (Polish Gingerbread)
Rich, deep and dark, just right for Christmas time.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
3131 calories
587 g
533 g
73 g
45 g
42 g
901 g
1484 g
354 g
2 g
25 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3131
Calories from Fat 645
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 73g
Saturated Fat 42g
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 533mg
Sodium 1484mg
Total Carbohydrates 587g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 354g
Protein 45g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 300g flour
  2. 75g butter
  3. half a cup honey
  4. 1 cup brown sugar
  5. 2 tablespoon strong coffee (I used cocoa powder)
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. spices: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves
  8. dried fruit (optional)
  9. 2 eggs
  1. Put the sugar, butter, honey and coffee into a saucepan.
  2. Cook until the sugar and butter dissolve and remove from the heat.
  3. While the mixture is still hot, add the flour mixed with the baking soda and spices.
  4. Mix and let cool.
  5. Add both eggs, mix well.
  6. Add the dried fruit (I used a handful of raisins and 5 prunes)
  7. Butter a bread form and transfer the batter into the form.
  8. Bake for an hour, 180 centigrades.
  1. As for the spices, you can use a pumpkin spice mix.
  2. Dried fruit are a great addition to the cake. I used a handful of dark raisins and a few prunes (dried plums). Candied orange peel is also great.
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  • Reply Amanda December 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Oh this looks and sounds delicious! Definitely giving it a try.
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  • Reply Paulina December 19, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Hi! Just came across this recipe. How much of each spice do you use?

  • Reply Patri December 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I’m from Spain. Some friends visited Poland and took some piernicki to taste them. I absolutely fell in love, and the first I did was looking for a recipe to bake it at home… Thanks!

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