Cardamom Rolls (Kardemummabullar)

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Swedish
Keyword Pippi Longstocking, Vegetarian



  • 1 t active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup water slightly warm (about 100°F)
  • 1/2 cups whole milk warmed
  • 1/2 cup melted butter 1 stick
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups all purpose flour


  • Zest of 1 lemon about 1/4 cup
  • 5 pods cardamom empty seeds from the pods and grind in mortar pestle until it looks like finely ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar hard packed
  • 1/4 cup butter room temperature


  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar


  1. In a small cup, combine the yeast and water and allow to bubble for 10 minutes.
  2. In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a large bowl, mix the milk, butter, sugar, salt, molasses, and eggs until thoroughly combined. Then add the yeast mixture to the mixer and mix again for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add in the 2 cups of flour in thirds; add 1/3 of the flour, mix for a minute, add another 1/3, mix for a minute, add the last third and mix/knead for 2 minutes.
  4. Grease a large bowl and put the dough in; cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours.
  5. Wash out the stand mixer bowl and fit with the whisk attachment. Add all of the filling ingredients to the mixer bowl and mix throughly, about a minute.
  6. Once the dough has risen, roll the dough out into a 10 inch by 20 inch rectangle. Spread the filling mixture on one half of the dough (10"x 10" square).
  7. Fold the side without filling on top of the side with filling and cut into 1 inch strips. Fold the strips in to knot shapes (the video below shows you much better than I could explain here).*

  8. Put finished buns on 2 parchment paper lined baking sheets and allow to rise for another 30 minutes to an hour.
  9. Pre-heat oven to 375°F and brush the tops of the buns with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, then pull from the baking sheets and allow to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

*knot dough video: