Pebernødder - a Danish Christmas Cookie

These spicy gingerbread-like cookies are a favorite Danish Christmas treat. This recipe for pebernødder is from Lagkagehuset. 

Pebernødder are just as essential as Vaniljekranse (Danish Vanilla Cookies) for celebrating Christmas-time in Denmark. Many shops will have a little bowl of pebernødder at the till and they make a great hostess gift if homemade. If your handwriting is up to it, it’s a great idea to include a handwritten note.

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Peppernuts (Pebernødder a la Lagkagehuset) 

Makes about 160 small cookies

  • 125g softened butter

  • 125g sugar

  • 1/2 dl heavy whipping cream (about 1/4 cup)

  • 250g plain flour

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp finely ground pepper (ideally white pepper, but I’m using black pepper)

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat your oven to 200C. 

Whip butter and sugar together until creamy and mixed well. Add the cream and mix well. Add the flour, spices and baking powder and baking soda. Mix together until crumbly, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Knead until it all comes together.

Divide the dough into smaller pieces. Roll them until they are about the thickness of a little finger. Cut the dough into smaller pieces about 1cm. Use one of two methods to shape the pebernødder: either roll them into a flat circle or push them a little flat.

Place the cookies onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake them at 200C for 7-9 minutes until they are only slightly golden. Cool them well before you put them in a tin. 

If you’re wanting to give them away, don’t package them until the last moment, as they’ll quickly go soft. You can also keep a stash in the freezer to take out the moment you want to serve them. 


Original recipe in Danish from Lagkagehuset here.

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