Finnish Gingerbread Cookies

Finnish Gingerbread Cookies | Piparkakut | Karoliina KaziFinnish Gingerbread Cookies | Piparkakut | Karoliina Kazi

I made and decorated some Finnish gingerbread cookies for my friends to be given with their Christmas cards and I think they turned out pretty cute. I took a shortcut and used a ready-made gingerbread dough that I got from the Finnish Church Christmas Fair in London. It’s a great event by the way! I will, however, share a delicious recipe for gingerbread that fills the house with Christmassy spicy scents.

Finnish Gingerbread Cookies | Piparkakut | Karoliina KaziFinnish Gingerbread Cookies | Piparkakut | Karoliina Kazi

I made one snowflake and one Christmas tree for each bag. I used simple 4″ x 6″ clear cellophane bags that I ordered from eBay and pretty candy cane twine to wrap my cookies.

Finnish Gingerbread Cookies | Piparkakut | Karoliina Kazi


2 dl dark syrup

2 dl sugar

4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

2 tsp cloves

1 tsp ground cardamom

250 g butter

2 eggs

9-10 dl flour

2 tsp baking soda


Bring syrup, sugar and spices to boil in a pot. Add the butter to the hot mixture and let it melt, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to cool. Add the eggs and flour that has been carefully mixed with the baking soda. Mix together until smooth.

Let the dough spices work their magic overnight. Roll out the dough 3-4 mm thick on a floured surface or on the baking paper. Use cookie cutters to cut out various shapes. Bake the gingerbread cookies at 200 °c for 7-12 minutes depending on their thickness. Allow to cool on a flat surface.

This recipe makes quite a big dough of 1.4 kg. You may want to halve the portion or freeze half of it for later.

Finnish Gingerbread Cookies | Piparkakut | Karoliina Kazi


  1. 23rd December 2016 / 2:53 pm

    these look delicious! I love good gingerbread recipes, it feels so cozy eating gingerbread and so yummy too!

  2. 23rd December 2016 / 8:01 pm

    These look yummy! I love making gingerbread,always puts me in the festive spirit💛

  3. 24th December 2016 / 10:41 pm

    These look so good and delicious. I really like how you’ve decorated them. I love gingerbread cookies and I’ll try this recipe for sure. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  4. 1st January 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Beautifully decorated! I also made ginger breds yesterday (finally). I will make a post of those too.

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Katja 🙂 Finland certainly has the best gingerbread cookies!

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:14 am

      Thank you Sonja! They’re yummy and easy – my kind of baking!

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:13 am

      I don’t think there many Finns who wouldn’t bake some gingerbread every winter 🙂 Thanks Jasmin 😘

  5. 6th January 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Awwww these are so cute! I bet your friends loved them. I’m not a huge lover of gingerbread but I do love the smell of it so I’m sure your house smelled amazing while they were baking 🙂

    The Life of Dee

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:11 am

      They did, I think it’s nice to give something homemade during the holidays 🙂 it was also fun making these.

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thanks Jenn! They’re so delicious and Christmassy 🙂

  6. 6th January 2017 / 9:05 pm

    My Nana made a German cookie called Pfefferneuse- these seem really similar and I am sure just as yummy! They don’t seem as labor intensive as Nana’s recipe, so I might try these next Xmas!

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:09 am

      I’ve had Pfefferneuse, they’re absolutely delicious!

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