Christmas Recipe: Pepperkaker!

As you might know, I am originally from The Netherlands but I have lived in Norway for a year now. In Norway Christmas is a HUGE thing, and I thought it would therefore be cool to share a traditional Norwegian recipe with you, along with some Norwegian Christmas traditions. The recipe is for gingerbread cookies, called 'pepperkaker' in Norwegian. I made them glutenfree as I don't tolerate wheat, but you can use normal flour as well.

[This post is a collab with Marshmallow Skies - she's doing an advent calendar on her blog and this is my entry :) - Go check her out!]

Let's get started!

You will need the following ingrediënts:

- 150gr butter
- 150gr sugar
- 600gr flour
- 250gr dark sirup

- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 0,5 teaspoon cloves
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cardemom
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 egg
- Cookie forms and a dough roller!  

Making the dough:

You start with mixing the sirup and sugar together in a pan, and let it boil until it melts. Keep stirring it so it doesn't caramelize on the bottom of the pan. Then add the herbs and baking soda - keep stirring until it gets fluffy like this >

Pour the substance in a bowl and stir the butter in until it is all melted. Now let it cool down to approximately 37 degrees Celsius before you add the egg and the flour. I didn't have a thermometer to measure this, but I just felt with my hands if it was not too hot anymore.You will only need 500 gram flour - the other 100 grams you will need for rolling out the dough on the table.

Baking time!

Now comes the fun part. Or the time-consuming part, whatever you wanna call it ;). Make sure you have a clean working space, and sprinkle some flour to prevent the dough from sticking on to your table. Also sprinkle some flour on your dough roller. Roll out the dough until it's really thin. Stick out the cookies and place them on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 7 minutes on 175 degrees Celsius.

After you take them out, let them cool down (they cool down pretty quickly) - but make sure they're completely dry before you store them. They will be crispy and very delicious!

I made my cookies glutenfree, as I don't tolerate wheat so well - but you can use whatever flour you like. You can also decorate the cookies as you want. I didn't do that this time, but I know many people out there do decorate these cookies. This was only the first time ever I made these gingerbread cookies! What do you think of the result?

Norwegian Christmas traditions
* In Norway it's a tradition to dance around the christmas tree in a circle, holding hands while singing a song. (click here for the song)
* Traditional Christmas food consists of pork belly, lamb meat and potatoes.
* On 'little Christmas eve' (lille julaften - 23dec), we visit family, and some families play a game where they eat rice porridge with 1 hidden almond in it. The one who finds the almond in his porridge wins a marsipan pig.
* Christmas eve (24dec) is The Big Day in Norway. We eat traditional Christmas dinner together with family, and open the presents under the tree.
* Many Norwegians drink a traditional drink called 'Gløgg' (similar to the German Glühwein). This drink consists of red wine and herbs, but can also be found alcohol free.
* The most popular snack to eat during Christmas time are gingerbread cookies, as described above! Gingerbread houses are also very popular.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and maybe you will even try out this recipe yourself! Let me know if you do, and share a picture of your result with me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. :) 

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  1. These Pepperkaker look delicious and perfect. I want to "attempt". Thanks for sharing a traditional Norwegian Christmas recipe. Michele xx

    1. You're welcome! They are so delicious, you must try! Let me know if you made them and how they taste! Xxx

  2. Your gingerbread cookies look great!! I think it´s so interesting to see the different traditions in different countries. I actually think Norway and Germany have some things in common. I think I´ve heard of something similar to the rice porridge tradition (my family isn´t big on things like this) and we celebrate/open presents on the 24th as well.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

    1. It's interesting indeed! When I lived in the Netherlands, we didn't celebrate Christmas at all, as we did presents on Sinterklaas eve (5dec) but here in Norway it's a big thing!

  3. This is such an amazing post, honey! Reading about all the traditions made me want to move to Norway tomorrow :) My hubby often talks about it and really misses it as he has spend his childhood & teenage years there :)
    He says all the traditions are exactly as you described ;)
    I am making these as a surprise for him!!! Thanks so much for sharing woohoo <3
    Hope you are having a lovely week, sweetie!
    xox Nadia

  4. I was just about to bake my gingerbread cookies and I'm so happy that I've found your recipe as I haven't baked them before! Your cookies look really cute and delicious! Would like to have one while sipping on a hot chocolate! haha. By the way, I really love your blog/design as it's super neat and clear. I'm definitely coming for more posts! Keep up the good work!

    All the best,



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