A Swedish culinary delight for Eurovision.

I love baking and this year, I wanted to make something special to munch on while watching the Eurovision Song Contest. To that end, I came up with these Swedish Eurovision Cookies.

They are Swedish because the recipe is based on the traditional ‘Pepparkakor’ Swedish cookies but with my own culinary twist. And they are ‘Eurovision’ because they take exactly three minutes to bake! How cool is that? Granted, I used the microwave but it makes the whole process so much more easier and they still taste fantastic, if I do say so myself.

Check out the recipe below and try them out for your Eurovision party!

Swedish Eurovision Cookies Recipe
Makes 10 cookies

2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons butter, cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cardamom, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
4 tablespoons brown/cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup skim milk

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Cut in the butter and combine. Add in the sugar and vanilla extract.

Add the milk bit by bit, kneading all the while until a moist dough forms.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut out the cookies. I cut out the flag heart from a bit of cardboard and used that to trace out and cut the dough into flag heart shapes.

Place them in a ceramic/glass plate in a circular arrangement. Put the cookie-laden plate in the microwave and set the power level to 6 or 7, depending on your model. It would be best to check the manual and select the specific level used for baking cakes. Set the timer for three minutes and hit ‘Start’.

Once the three minutes are up, take the plate out. Be careful though, as it will be really hot. The cookies will still be a little soft but they will continue to ‘cook’ while cooling. Let the cookies stand for about two to three minutes. They would have cooled and firmed up by then.

To garnish, you can make flag motifs of your choice using slivered almonds and melted chocolate. Then pile them high and enjoy them while watching Eurovision!


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