Sunday, 18 December 2011

Swedish Spelt-Rye Cookies

Are you feeling festive?

I'm struggling to get into the Christmas mood this year. Perhaps it's because we still have a long way to go....literally.

We set sail from England on Thursday to arrive in Denmark on Friday. We will cross a bridge into Sweden on Friday afternoon, and arrive (hopefully) at our final destination sometime in the small hours on Saturday.

Swedish culture is a big part of our lives. My better half is a Swede and we constantly strive to bring a little bit of Sweden into our everyday lives - because we can't be in two places at once.

These cookies have been known to help, a bit. Anything with rye flour puts me in mind of the Nordic countries, where wheat struggled to thrive in the old days.

And coffee - the signature fragrance of a Swedish kitchen - is such a perfect pairing with these simple, wholesome treats.

They are not earth-shattering, but the key to their beauty is simplicity.

They would stand up to a variety of different flavourings - think orange and cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla, lemon and ginger; perhaps even lavender.

You can sprinkle them with sugar crystals before baking, dip them in white chocolate and crushed pistachios, decorate them with strands of pretty white icing, or leave them plain.

And one last thing....if you are already thinking about sandwiching these with raspberry jam then we must be friends.

It's really up to you.

Swedish Spelt-Rye Cookies

Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks
Makes 40 - 50 medium sized cookies, or dozens of small ones
150 g / 1 cup rye flour
150 g / 1 cup spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
100 g / 1/2 cup cream cheese
100 g / 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
100 g / 1/2 cup sugar

Prepare two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the butter and continue to mix until combined. Add the sugar and mix again.

Add the two types of flour and the salt and mix until just combined. Don't overmix, or the cookies will be tough.

Turn the mixture out onto a work surface and bring together into a ball. Flatten slightly and then place in the fridge, wrapped in plastic film.

Set the oven at 180°C / 350F.

Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured work surface. Cut out cookies and place on the prepared baking sheets about an inch apart. You can sprinkle them with sugar crystals at this point if you wish.

Bake for six or seven minutes. Remove them from the oven just as the edges begin to turn golden.


  1. I'll be off there next Tuesday to see our family - flying up to good old Norrland... that's with keeping my fingers crossed that French airport workers don't choose that day to strike, or it snows too much... that would suck :(

  2. I love these. I love the fact you tied them with strict and their Nordic heritage. Delightful!

  3. I have yet to try rye and spelt in cookies, but these look delicious! Love the snowflake cutouts, so festive!

  4. what lovely biscuits, the rye spelt combination sounds super, and they are so pretty.

  5. Thanks for a completely different recipe for us, and I keep meaning to tell you - I love your phtography, beats mine which usually involves getting the correct angle so that no one can see the mess in the background!

  6. They look do pretty and your coffee looks fantastic! I need that caffeine now

  7. These look delicious - Thanks for linking with Making Christmas! Have a wonderful in time in Sweden :)

  8. 101 cookbooks is always a winner! I have sadly done precious little holiday baking so far, but hopefully I can crank these out this week! Have a wonderful trip up to Sweden!

  9. These look amazing and such pretty seasonal biscuits......LOVE the photos and I may have time to make a batch of these for my Christmas Coffee!
    Bon Voyage and Merry Christmas!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

  10. You're right about the simplicity of these cookies -- I love the way you've photographed them, so simple, yet so lovely!

    Also, doesn't using spelt and rye flour make these gluten-free? Double win! :)

  11. These cookies are stunning! Happy Sailing and have a GREAT holiday!

  12. What beautiful looking biscuits! Hope you have a safe journey to Sweden and a wonderful Christmas :)

  13. Such beautiful, simple and delicate buscuits. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas.

  14. They look delicious and would be perfect with some of my Nan's jam! I hope your journey is ok and have a lovely Christmas :)

  15. I love simplicity in baking, and in cooking. I love all the ideas you offer to make these charming and delicate cookies with also. Enjoy your trip and holidays!

  16. Ruth, Merry Christmas!!! all the best, xoxo

  17. Happy 2012. I love these cookies and the coffee looks just as good


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