Three Clover Cakes


I found this for three clover cakes recipe in one of my mom’s 1980’s recipe books. I have never seen anything like them before, so 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. The recipe 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).

I have baked them twice, once for Christmas and once for the larp event: Midwinter Feast

Three Clover Cakes

Tasty Christmas cookies with frosting and renaissance spices.
Course Cookies, Desert
Cuisine Christmas, Holiday Food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 cookies


  • 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

Glazing & toping

  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoon rum or rum essense
  • 2 dates as decoration
  • flaked almonds optional


  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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