Finnish Gingerbread Men (Pepparkakor)

  • Yield: 3 dozens
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins


1/3cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/3cup vegetable shortening
3/4cup packed dark brown sugar, divided
2teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2teaspoons ground ginger
3/4teaspoon ground cloves
1/4teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8teaspoon each ground cardamom, ground coriander seed and ground black pepper
1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
1/2teaspoon salt
2 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1teaspoon cider vinegar
1/4-1/3cup water
For decorating: decorative icing, pecans, dried fruit and dragees and possibly thin decorative cord or ribbon


  1. Cream butter, shortening and brown sugar together in a medium bowl, beating until fluffy. Add spices; beat well.
  2. Add baking soda, salt, flour, cider vinegar and just enough water to make a smooth, pliable dough. Roll into a ball. Chill 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F.
  4. Press ball into a disk and roll out on a lightly floured board, to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into shapes; transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet, placing cookies about ½ to ¾ inch apart. Chill dough in between batches. 4. Bake 7 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks. Decorate.

Recipe by Crescent Dragonwagon

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Calories 340
  • Fat 33g
  • Saturated Fat 14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 11g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 220mg
  • Potassium 35mg
  • Carbohydrate 12g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Protein 1g
  • Trans Fat 3g
  • Vitamin A 10%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 4%
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