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Croatian Recipes: Traditional paprenjak biscuit

Paprenjak or Paprenjaci (Photo: CroChef/Zagreb Tourist Board)

The most traditional Croatian biscuit of all – the Paprenjak.

The rectangular-shaped biscuits, with its origins dating back to the Renaissance, were decorated with Croatian motifs and spiced with pepper and other spices.

Croatian novelist A. Senoa described Paprenjak as Zagrebians favourite treat in his novel ‘The Goldsmith’s Gold’.

Since then the biscuit has come a long way and is now a popular Croatian souvenir. Give them a go at home with this recipe courtesy of CroChef and the Zagreb Tourist Board.


400 g flour
120 g lard (or butter)
150 g sugar
70 g honey
1 egg
2 egg yolks
130 g ground walnuts
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon g ground nutmeg
Orange zest


1. Sift the flour into a bowl.

2. Add the sugar, ground walnuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, a pinch of salt, orange zest and mix together.


3. Add the lard (or butter) and blend in using your fingers until it is ‘crumbly’ in texture.

4. Add 1 egg and 3 egg yolks.

5. Add the honey and mix well together.

6. Put the mixture on a flat surface and knead together well into a ball-shaped mixture.

7. Cover and leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

8. Remove from fridge, cut in half and then on a floured surface roll out (5-7 mm thick).

9. Using a mould make imprints on the dough and neatly cut them out.


10. Place on parchment paper and bake in the oven on 200-220°C for 25 minutes.

Paprenjaci (Photo: CroChef/Zagreb Tourist Board)

Check out the video below

(Recipe/Video: Zagreb Tourist Board)

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