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4.7 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.7/5 (9)
Course: Cutout Cookies, Rolled CookiesCuisine: Sweden, NorwayDifficulty: Medium

Rolled Swedish ginger cookies. Also known as Pepperkaker in Norway.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup corn syrup

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 7/8 cup butter (this is 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons)

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest — grated

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda


  • Boil sugar, syrup, and water in a small saucepan. Put the butter and spices in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the hot sugar mixture. Stir until butter has melted. Cool. Stir together baking soda and flour. Mix all ingredients toether to make a smooth dough. Cover and let stand overnight.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F and grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured board or between two sheets of waxed paper, roll out one portion of the dough at a time, with a light touch. Cut out shapes from the dough with cookie cutters. Place the cookies on cold, greased cookie sheets. Bake the cookies for 5-8 minutes in the center of the oven. Check often, as they burn easily.


  • Recipe can be halved.
  • Sometimes misspelled as pepperkakor, pepperkaka, pepparkaka.
  • We also have Piparkakut from Finland.
  • Reviewers, please help us out and note the yield! Thanks!


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(example: Sue in LA)

Great recipe. The additon of cardamon and orange peel is a twist on what I remember from my Swedish youth. It is reminiscent of traditonal limpa bread, a Christmas favorite.
- Elsie Nye in Colorado Springs

Mmm, pepperkakor, perfect for curing my swedish home-sickness! Yumm! It's not possible to score any lower, definatly a 5!
- F Green in UK

These cookies were very interesting. Pay close attention to the directions, for they do burn easily (mine did). The not-so-burned cookies we flavorful, but not a favorite of mine.
- A Baker

Pepperkakor are simply the best - went I lived in Sweden we used to eat them lots. They remind me of those days. Fab
- Fifi in Scotland

Very good. So easy and taste good. I can't believe anyone who wouldn't like them.
- A Baker

Corn syrup is not easy to get in the UK so I used golden syrup instead also when I went to the shop to get cardamom they didn?t have any so I used ground nutmeg in equal parts. The cookies turned out well and were so yummy and gave me the taste of Norway and Christmas I had been craving. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will defiantly make these again.
- Kat in Scotland

I used honey instead of corn syrup. I used dark sugar and added a pinch of nutmeg. They came out really good. Lots of flavor, great smell, and not too much work really.

I halved the recipe and used golden syrup and soft brown sugar. I also added a pinch of salt, as the butter was unsalted. I found it easier to roll the dough between two sheets of greaseproof paper. The biscuits remind me of Christmas nights in Stockholm
- Gary in Chelmsford

What an easy recipe, now for my subs...I used fresh squeezed oj in place of the water & molasses for the corn syrup, went a tad over on the spices & added about 3/4 teas. fresh ground white pepper...I also made just 1/2 the recipe...the raw dough is scrumptious.Will bake them in the morning, can't wait ;-)
- Karen in Las Vegas, NV
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