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Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies)

Pepparkakor is a Swedish ginger cookie like a ginger snap often made for Christmas cookies. This cookie is featured in the book, Pippi Longstocking. You can also skip the recipe and buy a store-bought batch at Ikea!

pepparkakor Swedish ginger cookies stacked in a white bowl

What is a pepparkakor?

This Swedish ginger cookie is called Pepparkakor. It is a kind of ginger snap cookie. The addition of molasses in these cookies gives them a slight chewy feel in the middle which I love.

This cookie recipe is excellent for cookie tins, neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, and for baking ahead of time because the ginger cookies last for at least two weeks without needing refrigeration.

What ingredients are in pepparkakor?

  • butter
  • sugar
  • molasses
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • spices such as ginger, cinnamon, and cloves
  • a pinch of salt

Does Pippi Longstocking bake Pepparkakor? Yes!

I learned that it is often made for Christmas but I first came across it while reading the book Pippi Longstocking with my son.

His fourth grade class read it earlier this year and then had a Pippi Longstocking party in the classroom. In the book Pippi bakes these ginger cookies for a party– she even rolls out the dough on her kitchen floor!

While I didn’t feel the need to be quite that authentic, I did find a recipe shared by Cottage in the Oaks who baked this pepparkakor recipe with Pippi Longstocking in mind.

How can I make gingersnaps?

  1. Mix the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together then add the egg and add the molasses.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients then refrigerate the dough.
  4. Place rounds of cookie dough on prepared baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven then cool completely before serving.

Do I have to make cut out cookies?

The scalloped edge you see on my cookies are a result of rolling out the dough and using a cookie cutter. I like that method because all of your cookies will be uniform. If you are putting cookies in a tin or on a cookie platter, it really helps if all the cookies are the same size.

As always when making cut out cookies, make sure to refrigerate the dough before rolling it out. I like to take the added step of refrigerating the cut dough before baking as well.

If you don’t want the extra time it takes to roll out the cookies, you can make these ginger cookies as drop and bake cookies. That means you scoop a small ball of cookie dough that you place on your baking tray.

Your cookies won’t remain the same shape but they will be delicious either way.

Where can I buy pepparkakor?

And if you don’t feel inspired to make these at home but still want to give the flavors a try?  Well I saw that Ikea sells them too. I am confident that this version tastes better but I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Cookies seem to take a more prominent role as the holidays approach and it is fun to have more reasons to bake and share goodies!

More Holiday Recipes

Ginger cookies make a great homemade gift from your kitchen. Here are other recipes that fit the bill too. Giving a gift that you’ve baked yourself is a special way to show you care!

What kitchen items do I need to bake cookies?

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Swedish ginger cookies on a wire rack
Yield: 4 dozen

Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies)

Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies)

A flavorful ginger snap cookie popular in Sweden especially around the holidays

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda, dissolved into 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves (I omitted the cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or with an electric hand-held mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Next add the molasses and then the egg.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and remaining ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  3. Scoop the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low until well combined.
  4. Form the dough into a flat circle and cover with plastic wrap or put into a zip loc bag. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. If you need to refrigerate the dough overnight, let it rest on the countertop for 30-60 minutes before you roll it out the next day.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Roll the dough to 1/8th or desired thickness. Use a cookie cutter to make cookies about 2.5 - 3 inches wide.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes then cool on a wire rack.

Notes

These are the ginger cookies that Pippi Longstocking makes in the book.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Monday 8th of December 2014

I love discovering new cookies that I've never heard of before, these look so simple but I can imagine they taste wonderful.

Jamie

Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

My daughter was just asking about making some cookies this weekend, and I think we will be making a batch.

Sarah

Thursday 20th of November 2014

I made these in school growing up, and love the flavours going on :-)

Holly F

Thursday 20th of November 2014

Wasn't cooking at school fun? The first cookie we made in Home Economics was a snickerdoodle. I have fond memories of the experience and am glad this brought memories back for you too.

Hezzi-D

Wednesday 19th of November 2014

These are so pretty and sound great too!

Stacy

Wednesday 19th of November 2014

I used to buy the Ikea brand, Anna's Pepparkrakors for my girls when they were little because they came in a pretty painted light blue tin and the cookies were delicious. But, I'm with you. I'm sure your homemade ones are even better, Holly.

Holly F

Thursday 20th of November 2014

I will have to give Ikea a try after all! Glad to hear that they make tasty cookies. : )