It’s not a real Swedish Christmas without this thin, crunchy, and spicy cookie.

Makes about 60


You will need:


1½ cups dark molasses

1 cup packed brown sugar

²⁄3 cup cold water

1⁄3 cup shortening

7 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix together molasses, brown sugar, water, and shortening in a pot.
  3. Heat until the shortening has melted, then let cool.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. Add to sugar mixture and mix well.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Roll dough ¼” thick on floured board.
  8. Cut with floured cookie cutters.
  9. Place about 2” apart on cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 10–12 minutes.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.
  12. To store cookies, keep in a tin with a closed lid.


Photography by Susanna Blavarg + Ellen Silverman

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