Scandinavians have traditionally spent a lot of time and effort in preparing for Christmas, and anyone with an ambition and certain level of pride has prepared a large number foods, sweets and treats for the big celebration. And it must be at least 7 different Christmas cookies.
© Little Scandinavian Berlinerkranser 2010
These cookies typically contain a lot of sugar, butter, flour and spices, so we are not talking healthy food, but nevertheless very tasty!
Cookie making has always been a family effort where both children and adults join in to create cookies of all kinds in a variety of different shapes and flavors, ranging from fairly simple to more complex and time consuming baking.
Today’s cookies are very easy and quick to make, but I have to say that I managed to ruin the first batch because I made some shortcuts with the egg and sugar mix, so these were done late last night.
Cooking time: 1.0 hour
Preparation time: 30 min
2 boiled egg yolks
2 egg yolks (keep the egg whites)
120 g sugar
350 g white flour
250 g butter, unsalted
2 egg whites
Pearl sugar (or coarse white sugar)
- Start by boiling the 2 eggs for 8 -10 minutes
- Mix the boiled and raw egg yolks to a smooth paste
- Add sugar, and whip till it is white and light bubbly
- Mix flour and butter
- Add small amounts of the flour/butter mix to the egg mix, don’t use too much force otherwise you’ll loose the elasticity
- Cool in the fridge for 60 min
- You should now be ready to roll out the dough into 1 cm thick and 10/14cm long rolls, which gives you either single or double wreaths.
- Brush with egg white, and sprinkle with pearl sugar
- Bake in oven for 10min till golden, at 190-210˚C
- You have now made the first out of 7 traditional Scandinavian Christmas cookies 🙂
Serves: Family and Friends -and neighbours!