Don't you love these giant "Gingerbread Cookies" made of cardboard? Seeing these giant decorations (3 feet tall!) is part of what I love about going to our local Swedish Christmas Fair.
A few years ago I met the woman who made them. She uses big sheets of cardboard (from an appliance box) and paints them gingerbread brown. If memory serves, I think she uses grout in a tube to make the 3-dimensional "icing." Aren't they wonderful? She made at least 12 of these and hangs them high on the wall all around the fair.
I drank some hot glogg with raisins & almonds, listened to live Scandinavian folk music and nibbled on Swedish Dream cookies while I wandered the gift area. My big purchase was a homemade Cardamon Twist ("Vetebrod") coffeecake in the shape of a wreath. I know it will be delicious, but my favorite part so far is the ingredient list on the tag: mjol, smor, mjolk, socker, agg, jast, salt, kardemumma and kanel - isn't that fun?
I am going to freeze it and bring it out to serve with coffee on a snowy morning in December.
God Jul! (that's Merry Christmas in Swedish)