European Fairy Tale Project - Finland

Welcome to Finland! 

The Gingerbread Cookies

As you remember, someone, or something was trying hard to annoy Father Christmas. Among all other troubles, the sugar from the gingerbread cookies was replaced with salt and pepper, and the smiles of the gingerbread men were hiped out, and they all were fiercely frowning...  
But the children from Finland didn't wait for the happy end of the story. They turned into Elves - the little helpers of Father Christmas and made wonderful sweet and tasty cookies all by themselves...  
Then miss Hanna and the children sent some of their cookies to the children from Greece and Bulgaria to taste. And as they were sure their friends will not only like the gingerbread cookies, but would also ask for more, they enclosed the recipie and all kinds of moulds, so that the other children could try and make the same...

They also added an explanation of the process...

And here is the recipie:

250 grams butter

2,5 decilitres /dl/ of fine sugar

0,7 dl sugar syrup

1 egg

1/2 tea spoon /ts/ salt

1 ts cinnamon

1 ts clove

1 ts ginger

2 ts ground orange peel

2 ts baking soda

at least 6,5 dl wheat flour

Measure butter, sugar and syrup in to a bowl and beat them with a mixer untill the mixture becomes foamy.
Measure and mix flour and spices in another bowl.

Add the egg to the first bowl and stir well with a spoon. Then add the flourmixture little by little...


Add flour untill the dough does not feel sticky any more...

Cover the bowl with a plate or film and leave it in the refrigerator over night.
Next day: Put some flour on the table. Take a small lump of the dough and roll it umtill it spreads in a thin layer...  

Form cookies with moulds and put them on a damper covered with baking paper.

Bake about 15min.

After the cookies have cooled down you can decorate them with icing sugar mixed with water or egg white.

 Good appetite, and Merry Cristmas!

European Fairy Tale Project - Finland.


Our Fairytale :

Father Christmas and the Magic Drum


"One final letter," Santa Claus sighed, "and that's the last bag of Christmas wish mail...The elfin girl Nora handed the opened letter to Santa.

"Tom from Aloha, Hawaii wants a magnifying glass, a squirt gun and some towels," Santa read out.


"And rabbit-ear slippers and a slingshot for his kid sister; a sun hat for his mother; and lineman's boots for his father."


"L -i -n- e- m -a- n -'s -b -o- o- t- s..." the elfin scribe Agricola repeated, scribling in a huge ledjer. "Tom's wishes are now recorded."

"Hey," said Nora, rummaging in the bottom of the bag, "there's one more letter here."

Santa opened it. "And what an odd one!" he exclaimed. "A curious drawing and a signature: Rascal... I've never come accross such a peculiar wish before."

"We have a riddle to solve" Santa said to his wife.

Mamma Claus studied the letter carefully, but could provide no answer to the riddle.


"I'd say the boy needs some new stationery," she observed. "This paper certainly looks very old."

"True, but that doesn't solve the problem," said Santa." We have to ask the old master elves for advise. Let's go, children!"


Santa Claus and the children first went to the workshop of master elf Rich Veener. They found him madly seesawing astride a rocking horse.


"This rocking horses are still wild. They have to be saddle-broken before we can wrap and send them off," Rich explained, brushing the sawdust from his trousers.


"Listen, Rich, we need your help," Santa said. "What do you think this drawing depicts?

"Let's have a look," said Rich. "An airplane. No doubt about it...


I'll make an airplane for litlle Rascal as soon as the rocking horses are tamed.




"Well, if you are absolutely certain..." Santa mumbled. But neither he, nor the children Willie and Nora were quite sure that Rich's drawing looked at all like Rascal's picture. Yet, they let him make the present, while they went to show the letter to the other master elves...

Master Tip O'Graph said that according to him, the boy wanted a picture book, but Tara Brownie, head of the weaving works, thought the picture showed a heavy woolen sweater, and that was what the boy really wanted.


The two master elves went on arguing between themselves:


"It's a book!"

"A sweater!"

"A book!"

"A sweater!"

"Maybe we should ask someone else," said Santa. "Just to make sure."

Nora and Willie thought so too...




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