Swedish Chocolate Cookies

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swedish chocolate cookies 1If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we were recently in Stockholm. It’s a city which I always enjoy visiting for both the local food scene, as well as to indulge in Scandinavian-designed home decor and kitchenware. I hope to publish my city guide on Stockholm soon!

When in Stockholm, a visit to one of the many charming cafés is a must, and these chocolate cookies, called Chokladsnittar, are a childhood favourite of many locals. I love the simplicity of this recipe – a plain chocolate biscuit decorated unpretentiously, but beautifully, with pearl sugar.

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The first time I travelled to Stockholm to visit my now sister-in-law, she baked a batch of these chocolate cookies for us. They were a welcome sight, after having trudged from the train station to their home, dragging our suitcases through the bone-chilling Swedish winter snow.

The recipe comes from Sju Sorters Kakor, a popular baking bible in Swedish homes and which is also available in English. It’s a rather nifty little book with many quick and simple recipes (especially in the cookie chapter), and I’m happy to reconnect with this book following our recent trip where we delighted in the afternoon tea ritual, called fika. It seems the Swedes are quite passionate about their coffee (preferably black, drip coffee), and something sweet alongside is often just what is needed to get through the mid-afternoon slump.

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These cookies can be enjoyed at fika or at any time of the day. What is distinct about these cookies is that they are baked in one large piece and, while they are still hot, they are then cut into thick slices. So if you need to quickly make a large batch of cookies, this is this recipe to turn to.

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swedish chocolate cookies

swedish chocolate cookies

swedish chocolate cookies

swedish chocolate cookies

swedish chocolate cookies

swedish chocolate cookies

SWEDISH CHOCOLATE COOKIES
 
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Recipe adapted from Swedish Cakes and Cookies
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Serves: about 60 cookies
Ingredients
  • 200 g (7 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup good quality unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
  • pearl sugar for sprinkling
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, vanilla extract, and egg. Beat everything together until the mixture forms into a soft dough.
  5. Divide the mixture into 6 pieces. Working with 2 or 3 pieces per baking tray, roll each piece into a log, and roll each log into a long, oval shape, with about 5 mm thickness.
  6. Brush each piece with some egg wash, and sprinkle generously with pearl sugar.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes, taking care not to let the cookies brown too much.
  8. While the cookies are still on the hot baking tray, cut them into 2 cm wide diagonal slices. Leave the cookies to cool and firm on the tray for 5-10 minutes.

Cook’s Notes

You can make these cookies as large or as small as you like, adjusting the cooking time accordingly.

You can also use this recipe to make round cookies. Simply pinch off small pieces of dough, roll them into balls about the size of a golf ball, flatten them slightly, before brushing with egg wash and sprinkling with pearl sugar.

If you can’t find pearl sugar at your local supermarket, you can try to find them at specialty food stores, or here.

The taste of these cookies can vary depending on the quality of the cocoa powder which you use. I like to use a dark and unsweetened cocoa powder for baking, such as Dean & Deluca Bensdorp Cocoa or this one from Comptoir du Cacao.

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14 Comments

  1. Vickie 29 September 2015

    they look wonderful, perfect for morning tea 🙂

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  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar 29 September 2015

    These sound so delicious! Love how simple they are!

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  3. Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday 30 September 2015

    Oh these look so good Thanh! You can’t beat a good cookie, especially a chocolate one, with a cup of tea. And I love that the Swede’s even have a special name for afternoon tea. 🙂

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    • Eat, Little Bird 30 September 2015

      Thanks, Jennifer! I believe “fika” is both a noun and a verb, which I found very interesting. I know the concept of afternoon tea exists in most countries, but the Swedes seem to really make time for it each day. Sounds like a country I would consider moving to!

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  4. Paula 30 September 2015

    I want to go to Stockolm. My boyf isn’t (yet) too convinced.
    So, please, I need this guide!! Even if it won’t be useful to persuade my boyf 😛

    Type of cooking is similar to biscotti, even if the thickness is different, but I think I’d love the texture as well.

    Those books of Nordic sweets are great.

    Have a nice week, Thanh!!!

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    • Eat, Little Bird 18 October 2015

      Hi Paula, I can only highly recommend Stockholm! I’ve almost finished writing up my list of favourite places to visit … I hope to publish it very soon!

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  5. louise | Cygnet Kitchen 30 September 2015

    These look wonderful, Thanh, I love the pearl sugar topping! I have never had them before but I can imagine they are very moorish! x

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    • Eat, Little Bird 18 October 2015

      Thanks, Louise! I love anything with pearl sugar and they certainly make these chocolate cookies extra special.

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  6. The-FoodTrotter 15 October 2015

    Your blog is absolutely gorgeous, and those swedish cookies are unusual for me, but look delicious!

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  7. Melissa 21 May 2016

    These are delicious and very authentic! I live in Stockholm but left my copy of “sju sorters kakor” in Canada so I was very happy when I stumbled upon this recipe. Only changes I made were, I made mine a bit thicker than yours and I mixed the liquids and dry ingredients separately, then added the dry ingredients to the liquids to form the dough. So delicious and perfect with a coffee or tea! Thanks!

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    • Eat, Little Bird 24 May 2016

      So you glad this recipe came in handy for you 🙂 I sometimes make these biscuits thin, sometimes thicker. Sometimes I even form them into round cookies. I just love how versatile it is 🙂 And how lucky you are to live in Stockholm … so many wonderful cakes and pastries there!

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