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.


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 Swedish Cold Poached Salmon for Midsummer – Kall inkokt lax

Early in the summer, I usually get pansies.  Pansies is one of the first signs that Midsummer is around the corner. The colors are so beautiful and pop in my yard. So I have to get pansies. Then, I usually start planting seeds for other summer flowers such as Bachelor button, morning glory and marigolds. As well my perennial flowers starts appearing in my yard too.  So I usually have a nice assortment of flowers by the time we celebrate Midsummer.

Midsummer usually involves picking flowers in my yard, enjoying the warmer weather and eating great Swedish food with my family and friends.  This Cold Poached Salmon (Kall inkokt lax) is a Swedish classic for midsummer celebrations that is easy to prepare. This simple summer dish is perfect for picnics and outdoor dining as well.

Swedish Cold Poach Salmon Recipe:

Cold salmon ingredients
Ingredients to make the Swedish Cold Salmon


  • 2 salmon fillet
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 white small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 pieces of dill
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 bay leaves
    optional: add chopped carrots

See our recipe video to see how Karen Grete prepares the cold poached salmon dinner.


  1. Fill a big pot of 6 cups of water.
  2. Place all the marinade ingredients (salt, white wine vinegar, peppercorn peppers, lemon slices, chopped white onion, dill, star anise, bay leaves) in a large pot.

    cooking salmon in a pot
    Preparing the marinade in a large pot.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Keep the salmon as one piece. Leaving the skin on the fish makes
    it easier to remove the salmon from the pan in one piece.
  5. Scoring the skin enables the flavors to penetrate the fish.
  6. Put each salmon in the pot.
  7. Return to boil for 1 minute. Then turn off the heat.

    boiling salmon in the pot
    Boiling the salmon in the marinade.
  8. When cold enough, transfer to the fridge and leave to cool overnight.
  9. Then remove the salmon from the pot and let it drain a bit before
  10. Make sure to have already prepare the Swedish dill mayonnaise sauce. https://youtu.be/DEUH9bsI9Bw

On a plate place the cold salmon with summer potatoes a dallop of Swedish dill mayonnaise sauce and lemon.   I really enjoy asparagus which as a side dish but you could pick any summer vegetable or even a salad.

serving salmon on a plate
Enjoy the cold salmon dinner with fresh dill mayonnaise, summer potatoes, and a slice of lemon.

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purple pansies
Purple pansies in the yard are the first sign of summer is here.
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