Tuesday, June 20, 2006
"Dream cookies" - Drömmar - is the Swedish name for some shortbread cookies, leavened with powdered ammonium carbonate (baking ammonia?) rather than baking soda or baking powder. This gives a very crisp cookie that melts in your mouth. It also gives off a horrible ammonia odour while baking - be careful when you open the oven! - but this is completely normal, and not dangerous in any way.
These are the cookies Ywette is sampling. What makes them special is the addition of corn flakes, which makes them even crunchier. If you want a more traditional "dream", just omit the corn flakes. (But they are good, I promise.)
The recipe comes from the book "Kyrkkaffe" - Church Coffee. It's a lovely book, composed from old favorite recipes. I haven't tried much from it yet, but what I have tried has been delicious.
Dream Cookies with Corn Flakes
Makes 40 cookies
100 g butter
200 ml sugar (0,8 cups)
100 ml neutral oil
400 ml flour (1,6 cups)
2 tbsp potato flour
1 tsp powdered ammonia carbonate
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
200 ml corn flakes (0,8 cups)
Preheat oven to 175°C. Mix butter, oil and sugar until white and fluffy. Add the flour, potato flour, powdered ammonia carbonate and vanilla sugar, and stir well. Crush the corn flakes (easiest way is to put them in a plastic bag and gently squeeze until they're broken) and mix this into the dough.
Form small balls and place on a lined baking sheet, leaving a bit of space in between. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until they are very lightly golden.