Stirring it up:

Sandbakkels are a Norwegian sugar cookie treat which is enjoyed throughout the Scandinavian countries, especially at Christmas. But seriously, who wouldn’t want a sugar cookie at any time of the year! A friend of mine has strong Norwegian roots and when I showed him the photo of my Sandbakkels he exclaimed, “I remember having Sandbakkels as a kid growing up in Minnesota. They were a big favorite in my family.” Well, here’s your chance to enjoy these treats in your home.

Small Sandbakkel molds

Sandbakkel molds are quite small, measuring just a few inches across.

Makes 35-40
Oven 350°F   175°C
Bake 12-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar (white, brown or 1/2 cup of each)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp almond or brandy flavoring

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)

Cream the butter and sugar by hand or in a mixer.

Add the egg and mix until well blended.

Mix in the flour. If using a mixer start on a slow speed otherwise your kitchen will look like Vermont in a snow storm!

Almond flavoring get mixed in next.

Form the dough into balls about the size of a walnut. If the dough is too soft it needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours.

Press each ball into a Sandbakkel tin until the dough is thin and evenly distributed. If it is too thin at the top of the mold it may get quite brown during baking.

Place tins on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until golden brown.

Remove the tins from the cookie sheet and place on a rack to cool.

Sandbakkel cookies

Sandbakkel cookies just taken from the baking tin.

When cool, turn the tin over and tap the bottom gently and the Sandbakkel will pop out.
Turn them over and dust them with confectioner’s sugar or fill them with fruit, custard or perhaps Nutella for an extra special Sandbakkel sugar cookie treat. Here is another photo of Sandbakkels along with some Rosettes.

Dishing it out:

Relaxing with coffee or tea and a cookie is just what is needed to unwind after a day of exploring the Mad River Valley. Often before guest go out they will ask what kind of cookies are on the menu today. It seems that every time I look at the cookie plate in our dining room there is one lonely cookie. It seems no one wants to take the last one! Go ahead, take the last one. I will have more cookies tucked away waiting to fill that empty plate.

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