Finnish Molasses Cookies Recipe (Piparkakut)

This Finnish Molasses Cookies Recipe (Piparkakut), is a Scandinavian version of Gingerbread cookies. In Finland, molasses cookies are found in stores year round, typically in small boxes or tins. The difference between Finnish Molasses Cookies and traditional American Gingerbread, lies in the thickness of the cookie. Finnish Molasses cookies are thinner and usually more crispy, and I could even compare them to be more of the “cracker” variety than the cookie variety. Finnish Molasses Cookies are usually enjoyed with coffee, I like to “dip them” in the coffee to soften them up.

Finnish molasses cookies

If you enjoy the spiciness of molasses, then these Finnish Molasses Cookies would be a perfect addition to your cookie jar. This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so if you don’t want to eat them all in the same week span of time, then you can put them in the freezer and save them for later.
Or, if you are cooking them for the holidays you can just cook a couple batches all at once, and then just eat them all season! The recipe calls for traditional “circle-shaped” cookies, but you can also roll them out using a rolling pin and use different shaped cookie cutters to make them more festive.

You can frost these cookies with traditional white frosting, or if you want a simpler cookie, you can also just sprinkle a little powdered sugar on the top.

If you have ever visited Ikea, these are the type of cookies that are sold in bulk during Christmas, in the decorative tins. Making these at home from scratch is certainly more delicious than those cookies, I assure you!

Finnish Molasses Cookies Recipe (Piparkakut)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes

Yield: Depends on how big you make them, but at least 2 dozen cookies 🙂

Serving Size: As many as you want

Finnish Molasses Cookies Recipe (Piparkakut)


4 eggs
2 cups mollases
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 cups flour
8 ounces butter
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Cream butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs and molasses and keep stirring.
  3. Add baking soda, flour, cinnamon, and cloves.
  4. When everything is combined, refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Roll cookie dough into one long roll.
  7. Cut into thin pieces and put on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  8. Cook for 8 minutes.
  9. I would frost these cookies with a light white frosting, as desired.


These Finnish Molasses cookies (Piparkakut) are a traditional dish during the holiday season, but can also be enjoyed year round!

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4 thoughts on “Finnish Molasses Cookies Recipe (Piparkakut)

    1. Amanda Post author

      Hi Cate,
      You can find Molasses in Finland at either S-Market, K-Market, or at some Alepa stores. The Stockmann grocery section also should have it. If you need help, you can also ask the staff at the store, most of them speak English 🙂 Best of luck!

  1. Hunter

    So is molasses in Finland a different thing than US and Canada? The only thing I can find here is “Tumma Siirappi” which does not taste like molasses at all…

    1. Amanda Post author

      Molasses is the same thing everywhere, however if you can’t find molasses in a store, you can also make your own using the substitute recipe below:
      1 cup dark corn syrup- (you can also use 1 cup honey or 1 cup maple syrup)
      3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
      3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/4 cup water
      combine all in a saucepan, and you’ll have molasses!

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