Grandma's Pepparkakor ~ Swedish Spice Cookies

Debbie Sue


This is a family favorite! Grandma always had plenty of cookies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was known for her Pepparkakor and Spritz.

I'm the only one that has carried on the tradition. My brothers in-law only get these little gems when I make them!


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5 Min


  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 large
  • 3 Tbsp
    dark corn syrup
  • 3 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 2 tsp
    ginger, ground
  • 2 tsp
    clove, ground

How to Make Grandma's Pepparkakor ~ Swedish Spice Cookies



    Sift flour with soda and spices.
    Cream butter and sugar, add syrup and egg.
    Add dry ingredients. Mix until well blended.
    (form dough into a ball)
    Roll out thin, about 1/16 of an inch, on floured board, and cut into shapes.
    Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes.

    After the dough is formed into a ball, divide into 4 smaller balls, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes or so.

    I also roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Cut into shapes, pop the sheet into the freezer for a couple of minutes. It makes it easy to remove the cut outs from the parchment.
  3. **** Not stated in Grandma's directions, YOU KEEP ROLLING ALL YOUR TRIMMINGS, UNTIL ALL THE DOUGH IS GONE! It's a labor of love!

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About Grandma's Pepparkakor ~ Swedish Spice Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Swedish
Other Tags: For Kids Heirloom
Hashtag: #spice cookies

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