Pepperkakker Family
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Pepperkakker (Norwegian Gingerbread)

Warmly spiced norwegian gingerbread (pepperkakker) is a scandinavian holiday tradition.


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp cinnamon  ground
  • 2 tsp ginger ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper ground
  • 1 tsp cardamom ground
  • 1 tsp cloves ground
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Mix butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan heat over medium heat.  Once the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved, remove from heat.
  • Cool slightly, and then add the cream and spices.
  • Mix the flour, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.  Add the melted butter mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Form the pepperkakker dough into two disks, wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before attempting to roll the dough.  Roll the dough thin (1/8 inch) and cut with festive cookie cutters.
  • Bake time varies based on the size and thickness of the cookies.  My 6 inch gingerbread family, took about 12 minutes to bake but smaller cookies may be done in 5-7 minutes.  Cookies are done when they're solid in the center and the edges begin to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before storing cooled cookies in an airtight container.