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Swedish Chocolate Cookies “Chokladsnittar”

While this past year has been a rollercoaster, one thing I was looking forward to was this year’s Good Cookie Food Bloggers Valentine’s Event. I’ve honestly lost count with how many times I’ve participated (I think this is my 4th year with these Swedish chocolate cookies/chokladsnittar), but it’s an amazing opportunity to come together with numerous other bloggers to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and to continue to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Our goal is to raise at least $3000. Because these three companies: OXO, Mediavine amd Dixie Crystals have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000! That means when we raise $1, it turns into $4! Thank you to so many of you who have already donated, please help us reach our goal so we can get the full matching donations and help us make an even huge difference!

When thinking about what I wanted to make this year, the idea of something comforting, simple, and classic (with a slight twist) came to mind. In Sweden, we regularly take a Fika break with coworkers, family, friends, or even yourself, and it’s an opportunity to sit down with a cup of coffee, a sweet treat or even a light lunch, and take the time to chat and enjoy. It’s not like coffee breaks here in the US, where the break is really just the walk to and from the coffee pot or Starbucks. I haven’t been back to Sweden in a year and a half, and I’ve been missing my family and friends there like crazy, as I’m sure we’re all missing those we can’t be with right now.

So, I immediately thought of these classic Swedish chocolate cookies aka Chokladsnittar. You’ll find these at many bakeries/coffee shops in Sweden, and it’s a classic cookie recipe from the Sju Sorters Kakor (Swedish Cakes and Cookies) cookbook that has been around for more than 70 years.

While the original recipe doesn’t call for Cardamom, it’s one of my favorite spices to bake with, and I love the warmth it adds, so I added that to my recipe. It’s a quick recipe to pull together, perfect if you’re looking for a last minute treat to serve or maybe mail out to friends to enjoy.

Swedish Chocolate Cookies – Chokladsnittar

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 14 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

For the Topping:

  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • Pearl Sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg, cocoa powder, vanilla sugar, baking powder, and cardamom. Beat until combined. Slowly add the flour until cookie dough is smooth.

Separate into 6 parts, and form them into a log. Place on the baking sheets (3 per sheet) and gently flatten them to about a 1/4 inch. Brush the egg wash on top of the dough and sprinkle with pearl sugar.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges have crisped and the center looks set and just cooked through.

Let them cool for 5-10 minutes and then cut them on a diagonal, roughly 1 inch wide.



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