Christmas recipe #3: pepparkakor (Swedish ginger biscuits)

December 5, 2012
Author: Tom

Winter festival at the Eden Project: 23 Nov 2012 – 6 Jan 2013

This year we’re publishing a series of Christmas recipes for the delicious biscuits and cakes that we’re serving up in the Eden Bakery over the festive period for our Time of Gifts winter festival.

Swedish ginger biscuits


Makes 20

  • 250g butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 550g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • icing sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Line baking trays with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in egg, golden syrup, orange juice and orange zest.
  3. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; stir into the creamed mixture until combined.
  4. Roll dough out to .25cm thickness, and cut into shapes with biscuit cutters. Place on baking trays and bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  5. Cool biscuits on wire racks and then dust with icing sugar to serve.

Visit Eden this winter for late opening, ice skating, lantern parades, live music and craft workshops.

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5 responses to Christmas recipe #3: pepparkakor (Swedish ginger biscuits)

  1. jo abbott says:

    in the pepparkakor recipe you have not listed the amount of cloves or if it is dried ground cloves or other, although you have mentioned incorporating cloves in the method. please would you clarify this as I want to make the biscuits as soon as possible,
    Thanks, Jo

  2. 'Edna Wilson says:

    Lovely sounding biscuits – but, in the method, where did the cloves come from. They are not listed in the ingredients, so how many, if any, should I use?
    Many thanks

  3. Eden Project says:

    Sorry about this, Edna and Jo. We’ve corrected the recipe: it requires 2 teaspoons of ground cloves.

  4. Olivia says:

    Makes 20? 20 what? Sheets? I ended up with 5 baking trays full from this!

  5. Hannah says:

    Sorry for the confusion here Olivia. We’ve realised that this actually makes 36 biscuits – and have amended the recipe with this information. It sounds like maybe yours are super thin!

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