Sandkaker - Norwegian Sand Cookies


Sandkaker - Norwegian Sand Cookies

My friend Gill lives in Norway and although she does not have a blog, she wanted to participate in the cookie recipe exchange. Below you will find the recipe from her MIL she has shared with me.

Apparently her MIL bakes so many cookies at Christmas that they last until Easter! Then she bakes no more cookies until the next Christmas!

To bake Sandkaker, you will need the special molds in the photo above. The molds are inexpensive and are found most easily this time of year. I have seen them at Cost Plus World Market here in the USA. I found mine at a specialty tea and gift shop featuring European foods and gifts. I would also imagine they should be available through Ikea as well at most kitchen shops.

I tried finding a source on the web, but I had no luck. Perhaps if anyone knows of a source, you will share in comments.

I used this Conversion Chart for grams to cups

Ingredients for Gill's Sandkaker

250 grams butter (1 cup plus 1/8 cup) at room temperature

125 grams of granulated sugar (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)

50 grams ground almonds (generous half cup)

1 egg

400 grams flour (3 cups plus 1 tablespoon)

To make the Sandkaker

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. ( 350 degrees F)

Cream the butter and sugar very well.

Add egg, ground almonds and flour, working the dough quickly until it comes together.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour.

Butter the Sandkaker forms and sprinkle with flour.

Divide the dough into 4 parts, rolling each into a sausage shape and cutting each one into 12 pieces.

Roll each piece into a ball and press into the form. (It should look like a miniature pie base.)

Set the forms onto a baking tray and bake in the middle of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

When they are baked, place them upside down onto a cooling rack. When they are cold they will have slipped out of the forms which can be lifted off.

Gill says her MIL serves them just as they are, but in modern recipe books it is often suggested they are filled with a little pastry cream, whipped cream and/or jam.

These are my favorite

These are my favorite Norwegian cookies! We make them every year. The molds are only about $.25 at any specialty cooking store (although you'll want to buy a couple dozen if you can).

These are the cookies that my

These are the cookies that my Mom wants to make with me! They look like so much fun!! Her Aunt used to make them. We'll have to try this recipe!