Vienna has some of the most beautifully embellished gingerbread cookies that I have ever seen. I bought a few, intending to use them as decorations, decided to sacrifice one in the name of science, and discovered they are also some of the best gingerbread cookies I’ve ever tasted. These are a few years old now and some of the icing is flaking off but I still enjoy looking at them and I appreciate the talent that went into making them so delicious and beautiful.
This year I bought some more gingerbread cookies—to eat. These are designed by Vienna's Joanna Janas and made in Slovakia. They are so nicely spiced and so pretty to look at. What a delight!
My David likes fish so this is for him:
My favorites are still the ones with white frosting. So pretty!
I also met some women who work for Pirker who said the company started making gingerbread more than 300 years ago! It is still owned and operated by the same family that founded the company. She said their cookies are more than 50% honey. They are different from the others but are also incredibly delicious. We bought a variety that includes orange-peel-topped gingerbread cookies that are wonderful.
Pirker's gingerbread house: