Finnish Traditional Christmas Gingerbread, Piparkakku


Gingerbread Smells of Christmas

When I was baking the gingerbread, Juhani said, “It smells like Christmas.” That’s how symbolic gingerbread is of Christmas for Finland.
Each family has their own unique taste. I bake them a little thicker and more moist, as most of the commercial ones are crispy. I make gingerbread spice myself also.
How to Make Gingerbread Spice, for Baking and Latte
Gingerbread spice is used in Finnish and European recipes. If you can't buy it, you can easily make it by mixing a few different spices.

Of course, if you want to keep them on display until Christmas, you’d better bake them well and let them dry out. But since we both love gingerbread, it is gone as soon as it is baked.

Freeze & Arrange Recipe

The quantities in this recipe make quite a lot of gingerbread. I use 1/3 at a time and freeze the rest. Put them in the refrigerator the day before you use them to thaw.

Also, speaking of gingerbread, Juhani taught me a recipe called “persimmon and blue cheese on top” that is the best. It’s an unexpected combination, but the sweet and savory flavor makes it hard to stop eating.
Gingerbread Canapé with Persimmon and Blue Cheese
Gingerbread, persimmons, and blue cheese may be a surprising combination. But it is very delicious. This is a new recipe for Christmas.

By the way, we also have persimmons, Kaki in Japanese, in Finland. They are a bit long in shape, but they are just as sweet and delicious as Japanese one.

Here is the popular Finnish Christmas recipe.

Milk Porridge - A Traditional Finnish Christmas Dish
Finnish Mushroom Salad with Sour Cream, Sienisalaatti
Glögi, Finnish Hot Wine for Christmas, Glühwein
Carrot Casserole, Porkkanalaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food


Finnish Traditional Christmas Gingerbread, Piparkakku

This is a recipe for gingerbread, a Finnish Christmas staple. Each family has its own taste, and this recipe is not too sweet.
Prep Time30 mins
Rest Before Cook6 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Servings3 baking sheets
  • butter 150 g
  • molasses 100 g
  • brown sugar 80 g
  • gingerbread spice 4 tsp
  • egg 1
  • bread flour 350 g
  • baking soda 1 tsp
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Making the Dough
  • Place butter, syrup, brown sugar, and spices in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stirring often, dissolve the sugar.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Add the flour and mix well.
  • Put the dough in a bag, flatten it and let it rise in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
Preparation for Forming
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator 30 minutes before shaping.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
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