Pepparkaka- Crispy Ginger Biscuits

Even just writing the word made me ‘need’ to eat another one! 😛 This recipe has to be in the top five things to come out of the Life Diet Health kitchen! They are crunchy, crispy, gingery, spicy, delicious snappy thin biscuits! Can you tell that I love these! 😀

Vegan Swedish Pepparkaka

Pepparkaka are a traditional Swedish ginger biscuit typically eaten at Christmas. I’m certain you have come across them somewhere (maybe in a big Swedish home store)! Of course, other countries probably have similar biscuits, but these are the ones I recall eating and loving so much.

Pepparkaka literally translates as ‘Pepper cake’ and when they were first made in the Middle Ages, pepper was a common ingredient in baking! Of course, you don’t think I would actually put pepper in a biscuit do you! 😛 Seriously! 😀 Oops! I might have added a pinch, just to get the spiciness! Yes! I really did! 😛 You can leave it out, but a pinch of ground white pepper (which thankfully we had some of) really makes these biscuits pop! 😀 

This week I promise I will work on that Christmas Pudding recipe! I just love biscuits so much and I really wanted to perfect these biscuits so I have something to munch on whilst watching all those holiday films which have suddenly appeared on tv! 😛

Stars and hearts ginger cookies

Oh, and these biscuits make such a quick great dessert option! I added some natural coconut yogurt and some left over cherry pie filling (I couldn’t resist it – and the cherry pie was great too)! and they went SO well together I had to make another! 😛 I think natural yogurt and fresh satsuma or mango would work great too!

Before we go, look at these gorgeous flowers I received this week! happy Anniversary to me! 😛 

Red & White Roses

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Right… let’s see the recipe for these biscuits you know you have to make!

Pepparkaka- Spicy Ginger Biscuits
Crispy crunchy ginger biscuits from a Swedish recipe.
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 60 g vegetable spread we used vitalite
  • 85 g coconut sugar
  • 30 g coconut nectar (or syrup/treacle/molasses)
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons chickpea (gram) flour
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • just under 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 + teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • small pinch ground white pepper
  • pinch salt
  • 150 g plain flour (gluten free if required) plus extra for rolling.
  1. Melt the butter, sugar and nectar together until the sugar dissolves (we used the microwave).  Remove from the heat source.
  2. Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix well (it might fizz or bubble a bit).
  3. Mix the gram flour with the water until you have a smooth paste, add this to the mix.
  4. Add the spices, salt and flour and mix well.
  5. Collect the dough into a ball, put in a shallow bowl or plate and flatten, cover with greaseproof paper / a wax wrap / silicon cover (or cling-film if you still use it)! Put in the fridge for a minimum of 2.5 hours.
  6. Grease and dust, or line a baking tray. Get plenty of flour ready, a rolling pin (or your hands and a palette knife), and shape cutters. If you have a thin flexible chopping board, these are great for rolling on. Dust your work space liberally with flour.

  7. Pinch a small piece off the dough from the fridge, roll out as thinly as possible (1-2mm if you can) then cut shapes. Place on your prepared baking tray.
  8. Bake at Gas Mark 5 (375f / 190c) for just FIVE minutes! Check and bake for an extra minute or two IF required. Remove from the oven and carefully remove from the tray as quickly as possible. They will appear soft but harden quickly. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container as soon as possible.
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough as and when required!
  10. Enjoy!
Tips & Storage
  • Use any shaped cutters you like – stars, hearts, circles or snowmen, santas, reindeer – see which work best.
  • You can ice these after baking to give them a more festive look.
  • Vary the thickness of the biscuits (keep all the same thickness for one bake) to find which works best for you.
  • Dough stores in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Biscuits should keep fresh for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container.
  • Take the pepper out if you really can’t imagine using it – maybe add a sprinkle of cardamom powder instead.
  • Bake to order! This amount of dough makes a lot of biscuits!
  • Use the biscuits as a dessert base – add natural yogurt (or even ice cream) and a fruity topping (such as cherry, orange, mango).


  • Eva 5th December 2018 at 15:28

    These look scrumptious…and nice & crispy lol (most gingerbread biscuits/cookies here are quite cake-y) Saying that though, the ‘traditional’ one I had at the Christmas market was a bit too hard haha. Your serving suggestion is like a healthier Jammy Dodger hehe. Happy anniversary, by the way- the roses look lovely?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 5th December 2018 at 16:39

      Thanks Eva. You must make these – they’re so good! 🙂 I’m sure you’ll love them! I might try making the thicker softer ones too… lots of ginger to keep the cold away!!! Ooo, a jammie dodger, – I haven’t made those in a while! I’m hoping if I leave the heating off all day the roses will last a while! Lol!

  • Eva Gallon 5th December 2018 at 17:44

    My mum tends to hang them upside down lol as they last longer ‘dried’ that way (the roses, not the ginger biscuits?)

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 5th December 2018 at 19:28

      I was so with you on the dried ginger biscuits… Hole punched and strung up with pretty ribbons!? I’ve got a really old bunch of dried roses hanging up somewhere!? (I hope nobody threw them out)!!!

  • Eva Gallon 5th December 2018 at 20:46

    Haha, I can see that too? Props to you if you can do that without the biscuit breaking- is there an end to your many talents hehe? ☺

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 7th December 2018 at 08:20

      Well… now you’re asking! 😛 Lol! I’m going to see what I can come up with and if it works I’ll post a photo! 😀 x

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