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Pepparkakor Cookies

Jenna Weber of Eat, Live, Run shares a Swedish recipe for pepparkakor cookies that was passed down from her great-grandmother. Jenna shares a story about these cookies in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.


Yield: 4 dozen small cookies



  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tsp water
  • 1 ½ heaping cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar then add the egg, vanilla, maple syrup and water and beat until combined.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and salt. Add to wet ingredients to form a soft dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/8th thick and cut with star shaped cookie cutters.
  5. Bake for 7 minutes. Pepperkakor should be a very thin, crispy and spicy cookie.
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