These cookies are extremely popular in many countries. They slightly differ in taste and intensity as you travel along Europe in the season of festivities. But they are absolutely delicious everywhere.

In the Netherlands, they are called papernote, and they shaped as little round cookies now bigger than a cent. In Estonia, they are called piparkoogid. To you, they might be known as gingerbread cookies. The ingredients rarely differ, and they have a few extras that are influenced by local customs.

These cookies are perfect to be made with kids, are easy to whip together and don't require deep baking knowledge. I know I value that in recipes as I lack that insider knowledge and half of the time, what I bake is just doesn't rise. So, appreciate its simplicity and at the same time popularity and taste, I am attaching the recipe below.



  • 350 g unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 940g plain flour
  • 450ml dark sugar syrup*
  • 255g sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons cloves
  • 1.5 tablespoon cardamom

*Sugar syrup (450ml)

  • 300g granulated sugar
  • 100ml water

Step by step

1) Take a large pot add sugar and cover it fully with water.

2) Leave it on fire to cook until the sugar becomes dark, almost golden color (do not stir)

3) Add sugar, spices and butter

4) Stir gradually until butter melts

5) Leave it on the side until it cools down (optionally you can add orange or lemon zest in this step)

6) When it slightly cooler, add eggs one by one and stir with a whisk

7) Add flour in small portions and make a dough

8) It will stay a bit runny and sticky, wrap it in a cling film and leave it overnight in the fridge


I hope you enjoy making this cooking and enjoy this holiday season.

My team in Syriuss Photography wishes you the best and we are very thankful for your support. Have an great holiday season and an amazing 2023!

Yours sincerely,

Syriuss Photography