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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