Traditional Swedish holiday treats remade


Swedes love making holiday treats like classic gingerbread cookies, toffee and saffron buns. In the IKEA Ideas lab, we really love playing around. So we asked recipe developer and food stylist Fia Arosenius Ahlanzberg to cook up new spins on these tasty traditions. Check out the sweet videos and recipes below.

Toffee with peppermint pop

Made with sugar, whipping cream and syrup, ‘knäck’ is a butterscotch-style Swedish toffee usually made with almond pieces. It starts out hard, melts in your mouth and can seriously stick to your teeth! Want to try Fia’s minty remix? Check out the Swedish toffee with peppermint pop recipe. Check out the Swedish toffee with peppermint pop recipe.

Sweet vanilla saffron knots

‘Lussekatter’ are sweet, S-shaped saffron buns with raisins. Eaten throughout the holiday season, they’re consumed mostly around Lucia Day, a celebration of light during the dark winter. For Fia’s vanilla twist, see the saffron knots with vanilla butter filling recipe.

Orange gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread thins called ‘pepparkakor’ have been a holiday staple in Sweden for centuries. They’re sweet with a nice spice kick, thanks to cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and of course, ginger. Fia added another holiday favourite—oranges! Try the
recipe for gingerbread cookies with zesty orange.