Swedish Cardamon Cookies

These traditional Swedish Christmas cookies are also known as Pepper Kakar. They’re full of spices (cinnamon, cloves and cardamom), and go great with a glass of cold rice milk.

Cardamom is the main spice in masala chai in South Asia and the familiar chai latte of Starbucks fame.

This recipe is from Cybele Pascal’s The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook. They got pretty flat in the oven (they might not have been refrigerated for a full hour…), but the taste is still super great.


1/2 cup dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 2 tablespoons rice milk

1 tablespoon dark Karo syrup or molasses

1 1/2 cup Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix

1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom


1. Combine the shortening, sugar, egg replacer, and Karo syrup/molasses. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

2. Whisk together the flour mix, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed batter, and mix on low speed until combined.

4. Roll into two 5-inch logs, 2 inches in diameter.

5. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper and chill for at least 1 hour, but not longer than 2 hours.

6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

7. Remove one log from the fridge and unwrap. Cut into 12 slices. Repeat with the other log of cookie dough. Place the cookies on the baking sheets.

8. Bake in the center of the oven for 14 minutes, until set around the edges. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack or plate/platter.

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