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.
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!
- Cream butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add eggs and molasses and keep stirring.
- Add baking soda, flour, cinnamon, and cloves.
- When everything is combined, refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll cookie dough into one long roll.
- Cut into thin pieces and put on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Cook for 8 minutes.
These Finnish Molasses cookies (Piparkakut) are a traditional dish during the holiday season, but can also be enjoyed year round!
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