Pryaniki are a sort of gingerbread, but their taste differs a lot from typical American or European spice cakes. These cookies originally made of rye flour and honey were seasoned with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, cumin, or anise arriving aboard ships from India and with camelcades from Central Asia.
Russian gingerbreadbaking reached its heyday in the 18-19th century as pastry makers from Tula turned their local pryanik into a global trademark. Since then, these gingerbread cookies have become a symbol of Russia, popular among nobles and common folk alike. In the USSR they were a mass market hit and affordable for every family.
Today we'll cook the modern version of this famous dainty featuring bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, and butter. You are very welcome to experiment and add your favorite spices.
For our chocolate pryaniki, you will need:
Here we go:
The cookies are crusty on the outside, but soft on the inside.
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