Swedish cookies for Santa: Pepparkakor

Traditionally in Hungary children eagerly clean their boots and put in on the windowsill or at the door every 5th of December, before going to sleep, so that Santa Claus can find it easily and fill them with treasures that night. Good kids receive dried or fresh fruits, nuts, sweets, candies or small toys, bad kids on the other hand only get willow switch (“virgács”), while in our house this year everyone receives my home-made crispy Pepperkakor cookies!! 😀 Recipe adapted from here.


550 g white flour
300 g margarine
2 egg yolks
100 g powdered sugar
100 g honey
40 g unsweetened cacao powder

1.5 tbsp gingerbread spice mix or:

• 1/2 tbsp powdered clove
• 1/2 tbsp powdered cinnamon
• 1/2 coffee spoon powdered nutmeg
• 1/2 tbsp ginger
• 1 teaspoon baking powder.


1. Mix all the dry ingredients
2. Add the egg yolks and honey
3. Work it into an even dough (yes, this is the part, where I decided I will NOT do this cookie again :D)
4. Let the dough rest for a couple of hours
5. Roll out the dough – for me it was around 4-5 mm thin – and cut into shapes of your choice. The skinnier the more crispy it will become 🙂
6. Place them on a baking tray, and bake until crispy brown on 190°C.

For me this amount was enough to fill 2 big baking trays.

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