Licorice, Meringue, Cookies

Licorice Meringue Cookies: An Easy How To Recipe With Video

When I received a request to make homemade licorice meringues, I was really excited to make these. First of all, because I love all things licorice.  I probably eat licorice candy each day.  As well I thought it was a fun and easy way to jazz up meringue cookies.

Several years ago, when I was in Copenhagen, I was shopping in the department store called Magasin.  It is a grand old department store that my family has shopped at for many generations.  Located near the Royal Ballet Theater and a gorgeous old hotel called Hotel D’Angleterre. Inside the multilevel store, I found the delicious licorice brand called John Bulow.  It had almost like its own kiosk or pop up store space.  We purchased all kinds of licorice candies to bring back to the US.  I probably purchase 3 or 4 bags of licorice goodies.  As well we purchased a few things to use for cooking including licorice powder.  So, I happen to have licorice powder that came from Denmark. I have been meaning to make licorice recipes from scratch using the licorice powder. So this was perfect timing for me to make licorice meringues.

Meringue Cookies are easy to make! Here is our recent Youtube video that we did recently.  Take a look or following along while reading the written recipe below.

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Freshly baked homemade Licorice Meringue Cookies

Licorice Meringue Cookies are really easy to make. You can add food coloring to give these a fun twist if you are planning to have a party or to celebrate a holiday. For example, if you plan to celebrate Fastelavn, try making these black by adding black food coloring. Black Licorice Meringue Cookies would be fun to make for a Fastelavn theme party for sure! If you want to make these for Valentine’s Day then add pink coloring food.

Serve these cookies with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.

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Swedish Oat Crisp Cookies

Swedish Oat Crisps – Havreflarn

Around the 1850’s Sweden experience wealth and growth with agriculture, manufacturing, and construction.  One of the items that was being traded was oats. As the  Swedish families wealth grew a new social etiquette developed. A Swedish tradition developed into ladies have coffee parties with a tray of seven cookies  (kakor).  The social etiquette was to have seven cookies on the tray.  If Swedish housewife made less than 7 cookies they were stingy.  If they made more than 7 cookies, it appeared the ladies were showing off.  The availability of oats it seems natural that it was used as an ingredient with cookies such as the Havreflarn cookies.

One of the new social etiquette were lady coffee parties became part of the way of life.  Ladies had to make 7 cookies on a tray.  If they made less than 7 cookies they were stingy.  If they made more than 7 cookies, it appeared the ladies were showing off.

Swedish cookies on a cookie tray

Havreflarn are traditional Swedish flat crisps cookies based on oat flakes.  These are much thinner than the American oatmeal cookies.  We truly enjoy the truly buttery chewiness that this cookie offers.  This recipe is so simple and only requires 5 ingredients.  Most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.  I just had to buy the light cream but the rest of the ingredients I already had. So not having to buy special ingredients made it easy for me to make these cookies.

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The cookies might not have the perfect circle shape. Instead the cookies might have more of a  rustic look.Swedish Havreflarn cookies on a tray

Keeping with Swedish tradition serve these cookies with a tray of seven cookies with coffee.  However, these cookies taste great with a glass of milk too.

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How To Make Easy Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookies ☕ Hallongrottor

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In the 1800’s, ladies in Sweden had coffee parties or in Swedish “kafferep”. It was a must at the coffee parties to have a cookie plate of 7 or more “småkakor” (little cookies) to serve the guests. The Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookies “Hallongrottor ” was one of the cookies to make. The Raspberry Cave Cookies are still very popular in Sweden.

There are all sorts of Swedish Raspberry Cave cookie recipes to try. A typical Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookie has a vanilla flavor with a raspberry preserve center. Typically the vanilla ingredient is either of vanilla sugar or ½ vanilla pod + 1 tsp sugar. As well the preserve is many times made of raspberry or lingonberry too.

Here our Raspberry Cave cookie recipe has 6 easy to find ingredients. It is a really fast and easy recipe to make. I usually have the two sticks of butter out on the counter when I start making the recipe. That way the butter is slightly soften and easier to work with when mixing it into the flour mixture. As well I used vanilla extract because I happen to have this in my kitchen cabinet. However vanilla sugar is very common to use too. In the future, we hope to make several other Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookie recipes with a variation of ingredients. We hope you like this simple version! 😀

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Swedish Raspberry Cave Cookie Recipe – Hallongrottor
🍪 Ingredients 🍪
2 sticks (226 G) butter / smör
2 cups of flour /mjöl
1 teaspoon of baking powder / bakpulver
1/2 a cup of sugar / socker
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla sugar/ vaniljsocker
raspberry preserves / hallonsylt

Instruction:
-Preheat oven at 400°F / 200 grader
-Have 2 sticks of butter (which is the equivalent of 226 grams or 8 oz or 1 cup of butter) out on the counter so it softens up slightly and will be easier to work with.
-Mix flour, sugar, vanilla and baking powder together in a bowl. 🥄
-Cut the 2 sticks of soften butter into chunks and add to dry ingredients. Mix well using your fingers or a pastry cutter.
-Roll the dough into logs. Cut the logs into even slices.
-Roll each slice into a ball and place on a baking tray.
-Using your finger press into each ball.
-Fill each cookie with a teaspoon of raspberry preserves / hallonsylt
-Bake for 12- 15 minutes.

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-Let the cookies cool on a rack.

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-Serve with coffee, tea or even a glass of milk. ☕ 🍴 🎈

 

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Brune kager – Brown Cookies – Christmas cookies


Do you celebrate Advents each Sunday in December?  These cookies are our family favorite to have during Advents. 
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or 16 tblsp   
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Combine molasses, brown sugar and butter in a pot.
  2. Heat and cook 4 minutes then cool to lukewarm.
  3. Mix the flour with the rest of the ingredients and stir 1 cup of it into the pot.
  4. Stir in remaining flour.
  5. Roll out on a lightly floured surface approx. 1/8 inch thick or thinner.
  6. Cut out with cookie cutters.
  7. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Optional place an almond in the center of each cookie.
  8. Bake at 375 F for about 5 minutes.
  9. Watch closely so they don’t burn

 

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Napoleonshatte (Marcipanhatte) – Napoleons Hat – A Danish Cookie Recipe


These cookies are a treat to eat.  However, I don’t recall my mother ever making these cookies in her home. Instead, it is one of those cookies that we always bought at a Danish bakery.  Now a days, I enjoy both baking and eating these delicious cookies.  I like to make these cookies during the holidays.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Marzipan
  • 3 oz sugar 
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 oz butter
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp ice cold water
  • 5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Directions:

  1. Break up butter into flour and add powdered sugar, egg yolk and to flour mixture. Mix until a smooth and press it together to form a dough ball. Place dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool. 
  2. Roll the dough out to 3 mm thickness. 
  3. Cut out circles using a glass approximate 3 1/2 – 4 inch in size. 
  4. Roll a small ball of marzipan and place in center of the round dough circles.
  5. Lift up dough circle and marzipan ball and gently squeeze edges closed using your thumbs and index fingers to form three points (like a Napoleon Hat). Place it on the buttered and floured baking sheet or a parchment paper. 
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.
  7. Melt approx. 5 oz. dark or semi-sweet chocolate over a water bath. 
  8. Once cookies are cooled, dip each corner and bottom of the cookies in the melted chocolate. Place it on parchment paper to let the chocolate set.

Did you know the Napoleon Hat cookie was named after French Napoleon Bonapart in the mid 1800’s.  At that time French sounding names were in vogue in Denmark.

 

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Joulutorttu – Finnish Christmas Prune Jam Tarts

Pastry Ingredient:

  • 15 oz/425 g unsalted butter; cubed, at room temperature
  • 15 oz/425 g light ricotta (cream cheese or cottage cheese)
  • 3 1/3 cup of plain flour
  • (or buy puff pastry from the store)

Pastry Instruction:

    1. Mix butter and flour together to form a crumby consistency.  
    2. Add ricotta and mix until it comes together. 
    3. Roll into a ball and place it in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

      Filling Ingredients:

      • 1 lb pitted prunes
      • 4 tbs or half a cup of sugar
      • 1-2 cups water – or just enough to cover the prunes in a medium sized saucepan

      Instruction to make the Jam:

      1. Add prunes, water and sugar to a pan.  Bring it to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until the prunes have completely softened (approx.15minutes). 
      2. Stir to ensure the prunes do not stick to the pan.
      3. Keep an eye out for how much water you need.
      4. If you want a smooth texture you can puree the jam or mash the prunes with a fork to a chunkier texture.

        Instruction to Make the Tart:

        1. Divide pastry dough into 2 portions. Roll the first portion out (place 2nd roll in refrigerator).  
        2. Use flour sparingly to ensure the pastry dough does not stick to the board.
        3. Cut the pastry into squares (or use a square cutter).  Make diagonal cuts in each corner of every square about halfway to the center, leaving the middle of the square uncut for the jam. 
        4. Place a teaspoon of jam into the center of each square and fold the pastry to make a star.
        5. Bake at 400F for approx. 8-10 min or till a little golden.

        Serve with either coffee, tea, or milk.  Enjoy!

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