Finnish Christmas Cookies




Every now and then I get to visit the local bookstore.  It is my  favorite place to go if I have some time to myself. I enjoy browsing through new books and magazines and occasionally buy them too.  Nothing is more satisfying than to be able to spend some time with yourself  at your favorite place. Right?  During one of my recent visits to bookstore, I was browsing this book called ‘Scandinavian Sweet Treats’ by Karen Berg Douglas. I was impressed by the simplicity of recipes and the use of simple ingredients. Most of the recipes were quite easy and  ready in less than 30 minutes ( yes, that includes  the baking time ).  I decided to try “Finnish Christmas Cookies”  just for the love of cardamom.  I made several changes to the recipe – substituted APF with whole wheat flour and used lesser amounts of sugar and butter.

These may look plain ( not fancy at all ) but they are oh so good ! You can always make them fancy with some icing but trust me they taste so good on their own. Since it’s holiday season, I have decorated them for my kids. Hubby and I prefer to enjoy the plain ones.   With  just the right amount of flavor, these are great for Holiday baking  or just  because  you are craving some cookies. The cardamom and cinnamon balance each other very nicely.  They are soft when taken out of the oven but as they cool they  become sort of crispy/chewy.

For decorating the cookies I used whatever I had in my pantry and refrigerator. I used chocolate syrup and frosting – applied them with a small spatula on plain cookies and then added some holiday glitter  and sprinkles ( both edible). You can also crush some almonds / pistachios and use them as topping. Be careful if using chocolate syrup, apply only little bit to hold the sprinkles. You can also use cookie frosting available at all the grocery stores but I wanted to use what I already have.



Course : Desserts / Snacks

Origin: Finnish

Makes: About 2 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Baking Time: 10 minutes

Cooling Time: 3-5 minutes



1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour ( The original recipe uses APF)

¼  Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom ( Green)

1 Egg, nicely beaten until frothy

2/3 Cup Sugar

1/3 Cup Butter



  1. In large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cardamom.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg until frothy.
  3. Beat sugar and butter into egg. Mix well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until batter is smooth.
  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased and floured cookie sheet. You can also make small quarter size balls.
  6. Bake in 350° oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until brown.
  7. Decorate them as desired.
  8. Enjoy with a hot cup of tea.




You can also enjoy these with delicious Hot Chocolate   or with Masala Chai.

Do let me know if you try these and tag me on Instagram #polkadotsandcurry . I would love to hear your experience with these cookies.

Looking for some more Holiday baking inspiration?

Do check these recipes:

Gingerbread Cookies

Icebox Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spiced Cake

Fruit Cake


Have a great weekend ahead !






  1. This looks like such a fun recipe. I would love to make these with my daughter. And they look like fun to decorate.

  2. I’m not a baker but this holiday season I said I’d give it a go. We love gifting cookies to teachers for the holidays and these look simple enough to make. Paired with some tea and perfect!

  3. I love homemade cookies, there is just something about them that is unbeatable. Would love someone to make me a batch.

  4. These cookies truly look yummy and delicious. I’m definitely going to try out this recipe.

  5. Christmas homebaed cookies are also cool Christmas gifts. I like it more than other gifts 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It’s just in time for the holidays too. This was such a great post to read!

  7. These look so tempting that I am surely going to bake them.Best thing is less butter used.

  8. Though Sohila Sehar are not here,still I am definitely going to bake them.

  9. I woke u and read this post and I was starving – now I am so hungry. DO you ship? LOL

  10. I’ve never used cardamom in cookies (but I love it in cocktails). I love the sound of these cookies!

  11. How amazing these cookies look, I’m sure they taste heavenly as well. Shall try to bake them over weekend:)

  12. oneloveourlove1114

    mmm yummy. I am saving this recipe and trying them for Christmas. They look delicious.

  13. How pretty these look! I love cookies especially when I have friends and family come over for tea parties

  14. I have to say,I just made a fresh cup of hot coffee and I would sooo finish those Finnish cookies in one go right now 😉

  15. How cute are these Finnish Christmas cookies. These would make a lovely gift in a jar with ribbon on x

  16. These sound (and look) absolutely delicious! Love the use of cardamom!

  17. These look great – I love the cardamom and that they are crispy and chewy!

  18. I love the flavor of cardamom and cinnamon. This cookie recipe sounds like its simple enough to highlight the flavor these warm spices.

  19. These sound interesting and delicious! I love the decorations 🙂

  20. These look SO DELICIOUS!!! My mouth is watering!! Can’t wait to make them for holiday parties!

  21. Yum, these cookies sound delicious! And the decorating is a great way to get the kids involved

  22. I love the warm spices, these sound delicious!

  23. Interesting! I bet the cardamom is delicious.

  24. These sound so delicious. I love cardamom. I always use a tiny bit in my desserts.

  25. Oh those look like so much fun. I have not had finish cookies yet so I am intrigued, of course. =)

  26. I love Scandinavian cookies, always so Christmassy – these look fab🙂

  27. I never thought to put cardamom in a cookie before! I bet these are delicious 🙂

  28. I love seeing all the different kinds of cookies for the holiday season. These look and sound delicious. Perfect for a food gift too.

  29. Thanks for sharing! Love thefact that these can be made with whole wheat flour.

  30. These cookies sound fantastic! I can’t wait to try them.

  31. You can’t beat Scandinavia for great cookies can you-)

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