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Sit and Knit for a Bit: Second of Advent Special.

Today, we publish our Second Advent Special before our latest episode Sit and Knit for a Bit – Christmas Countdown. Enjoy our top-rated Sit and Knit for a Bit podcast first – and our Christmas Countdown video will air at 7:30 pm CET / 1:30 pm Eastern.


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Recipe for traditional Pepperkaker (Gingerbread cookies).

Makes A LOT of cookies!


300 gr butter

300 gr sugar

3 dl Scandinavian dark syrup (molasses)

0.5 tsp ground clove

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground pepper

2 eggs

4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (Baking soda)

900 grams flour


  1. Heat butter, sugar and dark syrup until sugar is melted. Add clove, ginger, cinnamon and pepper, stir well and let cool down.
  2. Add eggs, the baking soda and flour. Stir well. At this point, the dough should be wet and sticky.
  3. Put the dough in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, preferably overnight. Once cold, the dough will have the same consistency as play-dough.
  4. Roll the dough down to 3mm and use a cookie cutter to make your figures. Only roll a small piece at a time and continue to store the rest of the dough in a cold place. The warmer the dough gets, the more difficult to work with it.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees celsius and bake for 10 minutes.



    • Linda on December 6, 2020 at 6:36 pm


    A little hint for next time. If you put a few drops of oil in your measuring cup, then add your molasses, it will come out of the cup really easily.
    Loved watching this show

    • Linda on December 6, 2020 at 7:21 pm


    A rolling pin in English. You guys are so wonderful. Great entertainment

    • Gudrun Klingelstein on December 6, 2020 at 8:55 pm


    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the inspiration to make gingerbread cookies. When my kids were little a long time ago they also loved to make the cookies. The Dough is so forgiving.
    What measure is 3 DL ( molasses). Please.

      • Gabriela Schwan on December 8, 2020 at 7:17 pm


      3dl are around 1 1/5 cup, 300 milliliters.

        • cathy (near Niagara Falls NY) on December 9, 2020 at 10:31 pm


        i cut the recipe in half. it turned out to be almost exactly 2/3 cup for what i needed (.634 cups) versus .666 cups. Close enough! full strength it comes out to 1.268 cups. only when it came to measuring the spices, i forgot i was halving the recipe and made it double strength (except for the pepper). Which will probably turn out fine, since i like a spicy cookie! However, this is first time ever using black pepper. It makes sense to add the spices when hot, so they can properly bloom. Getting ready to add the flour now. So excited!

        However, i can’t seem to stuff the balls to where they are round all over. They are lumpy and I need more technical advice on stuffing. This is very difficult using dryer lint! 😀

    • Nancy on December 6, 2020 at 9:24 pm


    That was a total hoot! Thanks, guys!

    • Kathryn B on December 6, 2020 at 10:24 pm


    What is the drink you enjoy drinking with the gingerbread that you’ve mentioned? I think you need to share the recipe for that. 🙂

      • Janet Whiteside on December 8, 2020 at 7:36 pm


      It’s Glogg – mulled wine.

    • Yvonne Taylor on December 6, 2020 at 10:35 pm


    Brilliant special… hilarious …loved it 😂😂😂

    • Judith on December 7, 2020 at 3:20 am


    Really enjoyed this episode Arne had to work so hard, I hope you enjoyed the yummy looking gingerbread cookies! Jay

    • Mandy on December 7, 2020 at 9:24 pm


    Enjoy all your videos! You can keep this icing usable by covering it with a damp tea towel. It keeps the icing from drying out.

    • Raymond on December 7, 2020 at 11:52 pm


    I have laughed and laughed….Arne is so comical.

    • Marisa on December 8, 2020 at 8:23 pm


    Thank you for all your videos. You really are bringing daily joy to our lives. Xoxo

    • cathy (near niagara falls ny) on December 9, 2020 at 1:42 am


    Merry Christmas Arne&Carlos!
    Thank you for making these advent videos. It’s so nice to see people in a healthy relationship encourage each other to step out of your comfort zones with the support and safety and guidance of the other holding you up and enjoying the experience together. Together with this approach you will always succeed in wherever direction life takes you. And I am very grateful to be able to see this part of your journey unfold. I don’t know if it’s because this has been such a difficult year, and you both were so sick, but the reflection of your life in these videos simply defines the beauty of what preparing for Christmas really should be all about. The meaning and magic of Christmas is strong with you! Many blessings and thank you for the wonderful gift of you! I love you both! sending hugs, PS I hope you can keep Helmer forever! Freya needs him in her life too. 😀

    • Mary Cameron on December 9, 2020 at 3:13 am


    This is one of the best!! I laughed a lot and really enjoyed seeing the horse and moose take shape. So much fun – thank you!!

    • Kayann on December 9, 2020 at 3:56 am


    What a great time watching Arne make cookies with Carlos’ coaching. Usually for Christmas eve I make the lefse (with my Norwegian grandmother’s griddle and fancy rolling pins) and my sister makes the gingerbread cookies. This year we won’t be together because of Covid so I’ll have to make my own cookies. Thanks for reminding me how fun cookie baking can be!

    • Barbara Fleming on December 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm


    This was so entertaining!!! I love watching you both. Imagine Arne, the baker and Carlos, the carpenter!! Who would have thought? Arne is clever and so funny! But without Carlos supplying the words, I wouldn’t know what was happening!! Carlos does go from one language to another effortlessly. You are both wonderful. Thank you for lifting my spirits!!

  1. Reply

    Fun to see you both cook, build stars, and knit so well together. Thank you so much for your delightful videos. I am knitting the Christmas balls like crazy. I just can’t keep up and I hope to God that maybe by the 24th ball it will be perfect. Oh well:) I just ordered the patterns for the small balls! I always have to have variation in my sizes!!! See you tomorrow for December 10 Christms ball but I am just finishing December 7. I like this one!!!!

  2. Reply

    Loved that video and also the comments here are very helpfull! Being in Germany, I will not be able to get your Norwegian sirup, but I have something you can get here in Germany made from sugar beets (Zuckerrübensirup) and will try the tip in the comments to put oil in my measuring cup to get it out. I wonder if you cannot buy pre-mixed gingerbread spice in Norway? I will probably use something called “Lebkuchengewürz” which contains most of the spices – I do not use cloves so often.
    I really enjoy your advent videos – my best friend in primary school had Swedish relatives and her family used to have the biggest christmas tree I ever saw in a private household – about 3 metres high. Oh, and when I was on a business trip in Oslo around christmas time about 23 years ago, I can confirm that all the office buildings in the inner city were fully lit even in the evening when no one was working – we were told this was due to the oil under the North sea (no renewable energy at that time…)
    Keep on baking and knitting and thanks for your great entertainment!

    • Melani on December 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm


    Thanks so much! You guys just made my day!

    • Lori on December 10, 2020 at 6:45 pm


    this episode was so much fun! thanks for posting the recipe too, I’m going to try it out 💞

    • Karen Hoffmann on December 19, 2020 at 5:57 pm


    Great episode! Can you please publish the icing recipe?

    • Michele on December 19, 2020 at 7:08 pm


    This episode was so much fun to watch that I watched it twice!
    And today I tried the recipe… makes a lot!! Thanks for posting it!
    I look forward to these visits every day….

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