Three Clover Cakes

I found this recipe in one of my mom’s 1980’s recipe books and I had to try it out! It turned out to be a rather tasty small cake or large cookie – I am not sure which is the better word. It was found in a Christmas cookbook but I do not know it as a Christmas cookie, so I think you could bake it at any time of the year. I am baking them for the a larp event.

The ingredients and tastes makes me think it is a rather old recipe – it reminds me of renaissance recipes. But I have not yet done the historical research on this cookie.

The original recipe has no raising agents, which again makes me think it is an old recipe. I did add a bit of baking powder when I baked them but I have left it out the recipe and I will try them without it next (and report back).

Three Clover Cakes

Trekløverkager These small cookies are from a 1980’s Christmas recipe book. By the look of the recipe this is an old recipe, that looks a lot like some renaissance recipes I have seen – like the old peppernuts. Related

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 40m


  • 2 egg
  • 150 milliliters sugar (120 g)
  • 400 milliliters wheat flour (250 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dates, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnuts, chopped


  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rum
  • 2 dates
  • flaked almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C
  2. Mix eggs and sugar together until it is foaming.
  3. Mix the spices and the flour together and add it gently to the egg mixture
  4. Add the chopped dates and nuts.
  5. Shape the dough into 2 cm (1 in) balls and place 3 together to form the clover shape. Press them lightly together.
  6. Bake them at 200 C for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Place the hot cakes on a wire rack over something you don\'t mind getting dirty.
  8. Mix the glazing of icing sugar and rum.
  9. Glaze the cookies while they are still hot.
  10. Decorate them with the flaked almonds and date bits

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