Scandinavian Farmhouse Christmas Cookies

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Scandinavian Farmhouse Christmas Cookies

These farmhouse cookies are flat and rectangular shaped small cakes with clearly visible pieces of almonds. The recipe came to Norway from Sweden after the WWII and we find it for the first time in Gyldendal’s large cookbook from 1989. The cakes are still popular both in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. This recipe gives about 80 cookies.

150 g [5,3 oz] margarine
1.5 dl [0,3 pt] sugar
1.5 dl [0,3 pt] golde syrup (Lyle’s or similar)
1 teaspoon of ginger, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
75 g [2,5 oz] roughly chopped almonds
75 g [2,5 oz] finely chopped candid citrus peel
5 dl [1 pt] flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda

This is what you do

[1] Whip margarine and sugar creamy. Add spices, almonds and candied citrus peel.

[2] Stir in the flour with the baking soda and quickly mix the dough together.

[3] Divide it in two and roll out two lengths about 20 cm / 8 in long. Form the lengths so that the cookies get a rectangular shape when cut from them. Store the lengths cold overnight.

[4] Cut thick slices from the lengths with a thin knife. Place the cakes on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.

[5] Bake in the middle of the oven at 200 C / 390 F for 7-8 minutes. Cool the cakes on the baking sheet.