Pepper nut cookies, or “pebernødder” as they are called in Denmark, is one of my favorite Christmas treats that are actually really easy to make and can easily be made with children. I’ll give you my own personal pepper nut cookie recipe and I will share more Danish Christmas recipes with you later.

This recipe will make about 125 small pepper nut cookies.


  • 125 grams Butter (4.4 oz)
  • 125 grams Sugar (4.4 oz)¨
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 0.5 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 0.75 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 0.5 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of White Pepper
  • 275 gram Plain Flour (9.7 oz)

I have calculated the weight in oz using this site.

Mix the ingredients

Whip sugar and butter and add the eggs. Mix spices and baking soda with the flour and knead with the butter mix. Roll the dough into finger-thick sticks and cut them in small pieces. Roll the small pieces into small balls and place them on a baking pan covered with baking paper.

Bake the cookies in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius or 392 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.

Tip 1: You can make them without the ginger and they will still be very tasty. I prefer them without the ginger myself, but I wanted to give you the original recipe and the chance to make up your own mind.

Tip 2: When cooled down you can dip the bottom of the pepper nut cookies in melted chocolate which is super delicious.


Danish pepper nut cookies can be traced back to the 15th century where it was among three types pepper cookies. The three types of cookies where called pepper cookies because they where spicy and not necessarily because they contained pepper.

Back in the 15th century they where a bit different from today, partly because they were cooked on an iron stove and partly because they didn’t have baking soda back then. The ingredients where also a bit different, instead of sugar they used honey and the flour was from rye instead of wheat. The cookie are supposed to have a crunch but they are of course softer today than they where 500 years ago.

Although I call them Danish Christmas cookies they originate from Germany but have become an integrated part of a Danish Christmas, so much that most Danes view them as Danish.

Make them with your children

I usually “make” my children help me make these cookies. The oldest aren’t as interested in helping anymore, but they always want to help when I am making pepper nut cookies.

Smaller children tend to eat some of the dough when making them and that’s okay. The dough taste really good and there is no harm in eating it before it is baked.

The hardest part for both children and adults (at least in my home) is waiting for them to cool. Luckily they are good warm, so they really just need to cool enough to eat and not necessarily enough to be stored in a jar.

Let me know what you think about these cookies that I absolutely love.

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