Scandinavian Spice Cookies – Pepperkakor

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Last Updated on November 24, 2019 by Chef Mireille

Scandinavian Spice Cookies – Pepperkakor

Made throughout Scandinavia, these heavily spiced cookies include cinnamon, ginger and black pepper. They are perfect with a cup of tea.

Scandinavian Spice Cookies - Pepperkakor RECIPE

Spice Cookies, including black pepper, are popular throughout Scandinavia. In Iceland, they are known as Piparkokur and in Sweden, they are called Pepperkakor. In Denmark, it is has a slightly different flavor profile with white pepper and mace. There they are called Pebernodder.

The flavor profile is very reminiscent of these Croatian Spice Cookies, which were a big hit!

Smoky spices and black pepper make the perfect flavor profile for the holiday season. I can’t begin to tell you how good the house smelled while these were in the oven.

Having recently returned from a trip to Iceland, I am definitely in a Scandinavian state of mind, however, I have always loved this cuisine. Check out the long list of Scandinavian recipes I have already showed you so you can whip up an entire meal around these cookies!

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Making the Cookies

Although these are traditionally made with all purpose flour, I made this whole wheat version, adding more fiber and therefore, making these traditional cookies a bit healthier.

Using whole wheat pastry flour gives the cookies whole grain goodness, but still maintains a tender crumb.

Depending on the size of the cookie cutters you use will depend on the quantity of cookies you yield. Using the small cookie cutters like I did for most of the cookie dough, you will get about 250 cookies.

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These cookies would make a great edible gift for the holiday season.

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I did make a few in holiday shapes and made a rustic attempt at adding a little decoration to them. Hey, I never claimed for decorating to be my forte!

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These cookies are just barely sweetened and are perfect for tea time also!

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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 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 250 cookioes



  • 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.
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Reader Interactions


  1. I remember these Pepperkakor cookies when I lived in Sweden! I miss them so will be attempting your recipe soon! YUM!

  2. Such a fun Holiday cookie recipe and I love the addition of spices and pepper! Def added to our must-try list this season, thanks for sharing something new 🙂

  3. That looks so delicious! I love ginger in cookies but have never tried cookies with black pepper before! I like that it has savoury notes in the recipe. Looks like your trip to Iceland really got your Scandie creativity going!

  4. It’s so intriguing when I went through the ingredients. Pepper in the cookies sounds interesting. It’s already holiday mood when I see these cookies.

  5. 5 stars
    I love adding garam masala to my sweet bakes that’s why I can imagine how amazing a little heat from black pepper would taste in these beautiful chunky cookies. These are perfect for sugar icing!

  6. 5 stars
    I made these last year and everyone loved them. I do have a question. Can I freeze the dough for a couple of days or so I need to bake them as soon as possible?

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