They’re called “Pepparkakor” in Sweden, but you’ll say they’re “delicious” with each and every bite. Better order several tins, because these crisp spice cookies will instantly become household favorites with family, friends, and neighbors who drop by.
Gingerbread biscuits –pepparkakor– have been made in Sweden since the 15th century and around 1830 the popular heart shape was introduced. In Sweden, the heart is associated with goodness and kindness, so perhaps the idea of the influence of gingersnaps on the body stems from the heart-shaped biscuits. Today it is well known that eating gingersnaps makes one happy!
Nyåkers Pepparkakor is the oldest gingerbread biscuit bakery in Sweden, with a long tradition and behind it. The business began in the 1940s when two brothers from Nyåker got the idea to distribute the gingerbread biscuits that had been baked for generations in their family. They worked out a recipe for the biscuits and began to bake them. Their recipe is still used today and is a very well preserved secret. Because Nyåkers Pepparkakor have their own recipe they also have a very special taste, and therefore can never be confused with other varieties.