Pryanik (rus., ukr. пряник) refers to a range of traditional sweet baked goods in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and some neighbouring countries. Traditionally pryaniks are made from flour and honey. Some Russian-English dictionaries translate pryanik as gingerbread, but this is misleading, since ginger is an optional pryanik ingredient, unlike honey. Sugar is often used instead of honey in industrial pryaniks production and modern home-cooking.
The word pryanik is from Old Russian пьпьрянъ, an adjective from Old Russianпьпьрь 'pepper' which makes it etymologically similar or related to Ger. Pfefferkuchen. However, traditional pryaniki do not usually include pepper as an ingredient.