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Scandinavian Spice Cookies - Pepperkakor RECIPE
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Scandinavian Spice Cookies - Pepperkakor

Scandinavian Spice Cookies with black pepper make a perfect edible holiday gift or tea time snack.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 250 cookioes


  • 3 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup or golden syrup
  • ½ cup buttermilk


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, pepper and cloves. Mix to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add corn syrup and buttermilk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add 1/3 of the flour combination and mix until thoroughly combined. Repeat 2 more times until all of the flour has been incorporated.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray.
  • Divide dough in half and work with one half at a time, leaving the other half in the refrigerator.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until about ½” thick, sprinkling flour on top as needed.
  • Dip cookie cutters in flour. Cut out shapes and place on prepared cookie sheets. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Leave the cookies to set on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from cookie sheets.


The larger cookies will take a few minutes longer to bake.
Depending how long you have it refrigerated, you make have to give it a few minutes to soften enough for you to be able to roll it out. If it is more than 3 days, freeze the dough until ready to use.