Monday, August 04, 2014

Golden Cookies

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.

Golden Cookies
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.


Alicia Foodycat said...

Interesting technique for baking and then cutting! The recipe sounds like just my sort of thing.

julie said...

I bookmarked these ages ago, and today I made them, and they are delicious! Thanks