Pepparkakor – Make A Swedish Winter Biscuit

Pepparkakor are everywhere throughout winter, at every celebration, end of swimming lessons, scouts’ Christmas party, or stockpiled in your cupboards.  Usually accompanied by a very welcome mug of glögg (mulled wine), these thin festively spicy biscuits are very moorish.  Try our recipe and let me know how you get on in the comments below.

These lovely little innocuous Swedish biscuits have a very unique taste with a small amount of fire, and something you can’t quite put your finger on.  It’ll be the presence of the cardamom, a spice that is put in a lot of baking in Scandinavia and gives things a very individual taste.  So, unless you want to head to your nearest Ikea (if you live in the UK), pop on your pinafore and get baking these delicious pepparkakor – I challenge you not to scoff the lot!!

Pepparkakor Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cardamom

150g butter

250g sugar

50g light syrup (for UK use normal syrup)

20g dark syrup (for UK use treacle)

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

100ml water

450g plain flour

Pepparkakor Method:

  1. Mix butter, sugar, and syrups in a pan, and heat gently until the butter melts.
  2. Turn the mixture off and add in all the spices (cardamon, ginger, and cinnamon).
  3. Add in the baking powder.
  4. Add water
  5. Add flour.
  6. Put it all into a bowl once it is mixed well.  Leave it to rest at least overnight but up to a week if possible (we did a few days and all was well).  Cover it when it has cooled.
  7. When you are ready, roll it quite thin 1-2mm and cut the shapes in with cutters that you fancy (we did Elk and hearts).
  8. Cook at 200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 mins (you need to watch them!!)

Let them cool on a wire rack and then see how long the batch lasts!!  Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below how it went and if they were gobbled down 🙂Peppakakor - Make A Swedish Winter Biscuit, Peppakakor, Ginger Biscuit, Biscuit, Swedish Biscuit, Christmas Biscuit, Swedish Food,




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  1. These look lovely I might give this a whirl this afternoon with the little.

  2. I’m going to add these to my biscuit list as i’m trying out lots of biscuit recipes this year
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  3. Mmm these look really tasty and festive. Love all the different Christmassy shapes!

  4. These look brilliant! We’ll definitely try these out!

  5. Ooh I tried a Swedish winter biscuit last weekend and it was delicious!! You can’t beat proper biscuits like this!

  6. They sound really easy to make and I love the sound of all the spices used. If I can find syrup here in Portugal I’ll give it a go!
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  7. Oh how tasty sounding, these are being pinned to give them a go!
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  8. These look really yummy! We have a similar biscuit in Germany called ‘Pfefferkuchen’. I haven’t made any in ages though.

  9. I was not familiar with Peppakakor biscuits but thanks for the introduction as well as the recipe, I hope to recreate it over the festive period
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  10. Mm these look delicious and with lots of Christmas spice will have to try your recipe x
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  11. This look & sound lovely! I love the cookie cutter Christmas shapes you have used 🙂 x

  12. I LOVE these with a passion and we have almost finished the box we brought back from Lapland. I am so making my own
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  13. Oh these look and sound great, I had never heard of them before. I have promised my children we will bake on Saturday so I might have to give these a try x
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  14. Mel

    I love homemade biscuita. These looks so yummy and very easy to make as well. Lovely thing to do with the kids.

  15. Wow! These look delicious! I would love to try them and make them in my own shapes and sizes. Mmmmm.
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  16. I love these biscuits! I would have never thought of the cardamon though. Will have to try and make with my lo.

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