Serves: Makes ~50 cookies
Preparation time: 20 minutes + 10 minutes cooking
Calories: ~75 per cookie
Greetings all – I’ve got a confession to make today. I’ve been feeling so exceptionally uninspired recently, and I really do hope that this hasn’t been reflected in the quality of my posts, but in case it has, I sincerely apologise! You’ll have to forgive me – the next few posts I have lined up are actually very simple posts. Very fun, for sure – useful, frugal posts, but definitely not the most exciting things in the world. I feel as well that all I’ve been doing recently is baking. Don’t get me wrong – I love baked goods, but my site is supposed to encompass more than just one aspect of kitchen activities.
I was even stuck as to what I could make for today’s post, but my wife came to the rescue and suggested these. We’d run out of cookies in the house (shock horror!) so a new batch of something was in order, and why not these? I know I said I was going to be leaving Sweden behind for a couple of months, but, well – I will after these, promise! :). Now, you might see these and think “oh, wonderful, another recipe using pearl sugar which I can’t get” – fear not! You can use chopped, flaked almonds – it’s just as good. Failing this, you don’t even necessarily need to top them with anything – you could wait until they’ve been baked and cooled and then pipe some icing or chocolate over them, entirely your choice! What are they, anyway, though? Chokladsnittar (singular: Chokladsnitt) literally means “Chocolate Slices”. It’s a bit like a firm cookie dough which is baked as a whole length, and then cut into slices while still soft from the oven, thus cooling to form cookie slices. Fast and easy to make, even easier to eat, I’d definitely recommend a few of these for your next coffee break!
To all you other couples out there, whether you hate the tradition or not – I hope you have a nice Valentine’s day, filled with cake! For all you non-couples – well, I hope you have lots of cake too! Have a good week everyone – See you back on Friday, and enjoy the remainder of today’s post!
Chokladsnittar (Chocolate Slices)
- 350g Plain Flour
- 210g Caster Sugar
- 200g Butter, softened
- 3 tbsps Cocoa Powder
- 2 tbsps Water
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Egg, separated
- Pearl Sugar or chopped, flaked almonds to decorate
- Start off by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. While it’s heating up, add the butter and the sugar to a large bowl and cream together.
- Add the cocoa powder, the vanilla sugar, the water, and the egg yolk to the creamed butter and sugar and mix together well.
- Mix in the baking powder and plain flour and mix well to form a dough. You may find it easiest to use a food processor for this part, but if you’d rather do it manually, simply mix as much as you can and then knead it gently with your hands to push the dough together. You will find the dough is quite crumbly – this is nothing to worry about.
- Divide the dough into ~4-6 pieces. You will find that rolling them is difficult, so squeeze them out to lengths, about the same length as a baking sheet. Lightly rub the baking sheet with a little oil or butter and carefully place the strips of dough onto it. Press the dough down slightly on top – it should be about 1cm high and about 3cm wide. Brush the top of the strips with the egg-white and sprinkle on pearl sugar or chopped, flaked almonds and place into the oven. Bake for ~12 minutes – a bit less, or more, may be required, depending on your oven’s efficiency. Around the 8 minute mark they should be starting to spread a little width-ways, and cracking slightly on top.
- After they’ve baked, remove from the oven, and while still hot and soft from the oven, cut into slices, at a diagonal angle, about 2cm wide. Allow to cool on the tray for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully. Store in an air-tight tin when not eating. Enjoy!