Pepparkakor (Ginger Snaps)

Try Janet Brinkworth's crisp, spiced Swedish-style biscuits, delicious with a cup of tea or coffee
By Janet Brinkworth
Pepparkakor (Ginger Snaps)
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  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes plus overnight chilling
  • Effort: medium



  • 125 g molasses
  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 500 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


1. Place the molasses in a heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil.

2. Once boiling add in the butter and caster sugar. Cook stirring until the butter and sugar are melted, then remove from direct heat and allow to cool.

3. When cool, beat in the egg and transfer to a mixing bowl.

4. Sift in the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon.

5. Mix it all together well, then knead the mixture with your hands until it forms a smooth dough.

6. Cover the mixture in cling film and chill, ideally overnight.

7. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

8. Roll out the dough very finely and cut out biscuit shapes, such as circles and hearts.

9. Place the biscuits on greased baking sheets and bake in batches for 10-15 minutes until the biscuits are set and just beginning to colour. Allow to harden on the baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to complete cooling.

10. Store in an airtight container.

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