Gingerbread cookies are very popular in Finland. A lot of them are eaten and baked during the Christmas time, but they really are something enjoyed all the year round and not just during Christmas.
I bought two packets of frozen gingerbread dough before Christmas and used one of them immediately, but for the past few days I had been pondering what to do with the other packet. Also, I happened to mention to my Dad that I might bring him something baked when we are going to meet for our weekly game of tennis tomorrow.
So, I decided on baking gingerbread cookies for my Dad, and what better than bake some gingerbread tennis rackets and balls! :) Especially, as the first Grand Slam of the tennis season is about to start in Australia. I only had a packet of pink icing sugar, so I ended up with some pink rackets and pink balls. :) And some butterflies, as that is what you propably have in your tummy before an important tennis match. Plus simply because I love my butterfly cookie cutter. :)
In case you want to try and make gingerbread all the way from making also the dough yourself Food from Finland has a recipe for Finnish style gingergread snaps. May I mention that Food from Finland is a great site, if you want to learn more about Finnish food.
And just for comparition. This is the real thing, and no, it is not pink! :) This picture I took at the 2008 French Open in Paris.