Swedish Pepparkakor

Crunchy, but not hard, spicy gingerbread cookies from Sweden. You can omit the egg to make it more cracker-like. If you prefer a little softer cookie, leave on the tray for a minute or two before moving to the cooling rack.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
48 cookies


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup pastry flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 dash ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • cup white sugar

  • cup maple syrup

  • ¼ cup butter

  • egg


  1. Mix all-purpose flour, pastry flour, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and black pepper together in a bowl and set aside.

  2. Combine molasses, sugar, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly to dissolve and remove from heat when a small foam rises to the surface, about 3 minutes. Continue stirring and allow to cool slightly; add butter and let cool to room temperature. Add egg.

  3. Pour molasses mixture into flour mixture in the bowl and mix until crumbles hold together when pressed. Knead for 2 minutes, focusing on any dry bits. Form into a flat log and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.

  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Cut dough log into small sections and allow to warm up slightly before rolling out between 2 layers of parchment paper to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut shapes with a floured cookie cutter or pastry wheel. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes; remove cookies before they brown. Cool on a rack.

Cook's Note:

You can use brown sugar in place of molasses.

Keeps in a tin for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for longer storage.

Tested substitutions include using 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour; nutmeg, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice for cinnamon; 1/4 cup maple syrup for molasses; and even adding a dash of cayenne if you really like a kick!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

41 Calories
1g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 37mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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