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Piparkakut (Finnish Ginger Cookies)

Piparkakut (Finnish Ginger Cookies)

Piparkakut (Finnish Ginger Cookies)

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Piparkakut (Finnish Ginger Cookies)
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Course: Cutout CookiesDifficulty: Medium



This thin and crisp gingerbread cookie comes to us from Finland. It makes a huge amount of cookies, so feel free to halve the recipe.*


  • 1 cup dark corn syrup

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest

  • 1-1/4 cups margarine

  • 3 teaspoons baking soda

  • 7 cups white flour

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/4 cups granulated sugar


  • Boil the syrup, spices and orange zest, add the margarine and beat until the mixture is cool. Mix the soda in with part of the flour and then combine with the syrup-margarine mixture. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar. Add the whipped eggs and the rest of the flour. Do not knead the final mixture. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave overnight in a cool place. Preheat oven to 400 F. Roll out the dough thinly (about 1/8-inch), cut into shapes with cookie cutters and bake the cookies in the oven until golden brown (approximately 6 to 8 minutes).


  • Photo by Robban Andersson under Creative Commons license.
  • *To halve one egg, beat it, then use one half of that in the recipe. Discard the rest or save it for some other use.



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(example: Sue in LA)
My mother was finnish. She used molasses and brown sugar rather than the dark corn syrup. Also like Liisa you must add allspice and cardamon to be real suomalainen piparkakut!
- southernfinn in GA
Add 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom and 1 teaspoon of ground allspice to get that real authentic taste and aroma from Finland.
- Liisa Kolehmainen in Ontario, Canada
My Mom and Grandma used to make the best Christmas cookies. I tried so hard to mix all ingriedients together and final product is still missing something.Kris from Michigan is right. The cookies must be rulled out very thin.Then they taste the best. The recipe is very similar, but my Mom used honey and iesala ekstraktu( you can't find in USA). I love Christmas. The smell in the house of baked goodies. All my friends and neighbors love my cookies as a Christmas presents. I also make all kind Danish shortbread cookies.
- A Baker
This recipe is good, I have another variation which is better. Taste the best when rolled really thin! Great!
- Kris in Michigan
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