Piparkakut - Traditional Finnish Gingerbread Biscuits

December 25, 2013

Author Notes: Finnish Christmas is all about family and food. And lots of it! Cooking and baking starts weeks ahead, and each Christmas we feature the same dishes reserved for Christmas time on our dinner table.

One of our Christmas favourites are the delightful little gingerbread biscuits known as Piparkakut. My memory of these goes as far back as I can remember, every Christmas would see these aromatic biscuits make an appearance. This recipe has been handed down from my grandmother to my mother to me.

They are super easy to whip up, and can be frozen so can be made in advance.
Peggy Saas

Makes: 90

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup golden syrup
  • 7 ounces caster sugar
  • 9 ounces butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon mixed citrus peel
  • 2 eggs
  • 17.5 ounces plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Place golden syrup, sugar, butter, spices and citrus peel into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Allow to cool slightly, then beat with electric beater until light and slightly fluffy. Beat in eggs one at the time.
  2. Sift flour, bicarb soda and salt together, add to the mixture to form a dough.
  3. Wrap dough with clingwrap and place into refrigerator overnight.
  4. Next day: Preheat oven to 200C. Roll out dough as thin as possible. Cut desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place biscuits onto oven trays, brush with iced water and bake in oven for 6-8 minutes until brown and slightly puffy.

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Reviews (9) Questions (1)

9 Reviews

how T. December 16, 2017
Would maple syrup, honey or molasses work instead of the golden syrup?
 
Transcendancing December 17, 2017
Of those you listed, molasses is probably closest to the flavour /consistency of golden syrup. Hope that helps.
 
Sarah December 30, 2015
These were lovely! I didn't add the citrus peel (just because I didn't have any), but did add some cardamom too, I think I might add more of the other spices next time. I gave them as Christmas presents, they went down very well. Thanks for sharing! :)
 
Transcendancing December 23, 2014
Wow - that's a lot of dough! I've got enough to make cookies for *months*! But the results are awesome, a spiced cookie that's not too sweet and also feels like a treat. Great addition to my Christmas cooking :)
 
Ida-Maria S. December 9, 2014
Pepperkaker, as we call them in Norway! No Christmas without them :-) Thanks for sharing!
 
Darren January 19, 2014
What temp. for the oven?
 
Author Comment
Peggy S. January 19, 2014
200C/390F. Apologies, I have amended to include temp in method.
 
Missy December 28, 2013
Is golden syrup the same as light corn syrup?
 
Author Comment
Peggy S. January 1, 2014
Hi Missy, golden syrup is different to light corn syrup. I have read that you can substitute one for the other but I'm not sure corn syrup would give the biscuits the same taste as golden syrup does. I would suggest however that if you can get light treacle do that in the first instance as that is close to golden syrup.