These are Swedish classics - kolakakor. They taste like caramel, and get their flavor from vanilla and golden syrup. My little boy doesn't like caramel - or at least he doesn't think he he does, so I decided to rename these golden cookies for his birthday party. They're ideal to serve to a crowd - they bake up quickly, they're sturdy and they freeze very well.
I got the basic recipe from renowned pastry chef Jan Hedh's latest book, Gofika at Olof Viktors café. However, I added a pinch of salt as well, and about half a tablespoon of canola oil, as the dough was too dry to shape.
... and no, no photo, apparently. So sorry.
about 40 cookies
160 g butter, at room temperature
130 g sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
1/2 tsp salt
70 g golden syrup
1 tsp baking powder
320 g flour
1/2 tbsp canola oil if the dough is too dry
Mix together butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and syrup. Gradually add the baking powder and flour. Mix into a coherent dough - it'll just look like sand at first, but as you keep going it will slowly come together. Add a little bit of oil if it really doesn't.
Shape into four slim logs and place on two baking sheets. Flatten gently with a fork to make a pattern.
Bake at 175°C for about 10-12 minutes. They should become lightly golden. Let the cool for a minute and then cut quickly into cookies. let them cool completely before breaking apart.