Cookie man – Copyright Coquere

Cookie man have few ingredients and are easy to bake.

Cookie man

Cookie man is a typical Christmas cake from the southern part of Norway. They are white, and not as the more common gingerbread cookies in English spoken countries, which are brown. Cookie man have few ingredients and are easy to bake. Properly made, they are juicy, a little chewy in the middle and they taste lovely. In this recipe you get approx. 25 pcs. This of course depends on how big you make them. It is important to note that it pays to prepare the dough a day in advance before baking. Since the dough should rest cold for several hours.



100 g good butter
3 dl sugar
2 dl whole milk
1 teaspoon hartshorn salt
1 litre of spelled flour



Pastry colouring


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan, add sugar and milk. Stir well until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Mix half of the flour with hartshorn salt. Mix this half in the milk mixture. Stir until smooth. Then add the rest of the flour and mix well.
  3. Cover the cake batter with plastic. Set the dough cold overnight, or for 5-6 hours.
  4. Put some flour on a table or a suitable baking bench, and then roll out the dough until you get approx. ½ cm thickness. Press out the shapes you want with gingerbread templets or similar. Place the figures on baking paper on a baking tray. You have to work a little fast to keep the dough cold, because you have to roll out the leftovers again to make the most of the dough.


Baked: 180 °C, in the middle of the oven. The time depends on the oven. Between 7-9 minutes. The cookie men are done when they have raised enough, and just before they start to turn golden brown. You must therefore pay attention to the first ones, to find out the appropriate baking time for your oven. Place the cookie men on a rack and cool completely. (Before decorating)


Decorations and storage: A little pastry colouring. Keeps well for a while in an airtight cake box. They can also be frozen, but then wait to decorate with colouring until they shall be served.


Allergy: Gluten. Low FODMAP if baked with spelled flour

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Read more about hartshorn salt: Hartshorn

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