Spice mix for gingerbread cookies

Advent here in Latvia is nothing without gingerbread cookies… so crisp and melting in your mouth. Also, good Latvian gingerbread cookies are nothing without perfect spice mix!


I have this spice mix recipe from ma grandmother and been sharing it before (at my old blog that is no longer exist) but I can’t resist to share it one more time!

Make gingerbread spice mix before Christmas so you can make gingerbread cookie dough without stress later on. And bake them whenever you want your house smell like Christmas.

Black pepper in gingerbread cookies!? Yuck! Sorry for yack your yum, but it’s not for me… Cause I got my Omas recipe that doesn’t require black pepper!

Grandma's Spice mix for perfect Gingerbread cookies



This spice mixture is for about 6-8 cups of flour. It depends on how spicy you want. 


  • 1 tbsp whole allspice
  • 1/2 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp whole cardamom seeds (from pots)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

How To

Grind the whole spices and mix with the rest. Store in an airtight container like a small glass jar.


26 thoughts on “Spice mix for gingerbread cookies

  1. Useful post 🙂 thank you for sharing. And you know difference between Est and Latvia? We are eating gingerbreads only during christmas time. But in Latvia ( this sumner in Jurmala) i was amazed and surprised because of in July locals sold gingerbreads 🙂 :).:) ( and very tasty gingerbreads)

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      1. No – I was thinking that and it sounds fascinating. We have so many powdered spices, but I try to use fresh when I can – like freshly grating nutmeg, etc., but often times convenience wins.

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