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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Chocolate mint cookies for the holiday cookie exchange

My daughter and I were looking for a different, simple cookie for this year's holiday cookie exchange.  When we saw this one in Parhaat Leivonnaiset, we knew it would work wonderfully.  The original cookie had pearl sugar sprinkled down the middle, but we substituted crushed peppermint candy canes for a festive touch.  Candy canes are not a Finnish candy, but we think you would enjoy these anyway.

Chocolate Slices (Suklaaviipaleet)
makes 75 cookies
preheat oven to 350 Farenheit (175 Celsius)

200 grams butter = 14 Tablespoons butter (almost two sticks)
2.5 deciliters sugar = 1 cup sugar 
2 Tablespoons vanilla 
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
3.5 dl flour =1.5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg
pearl sugar (or sprinkles or crushed candy canes, as we used)

Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla.  In another bowl, combine the cocoa, flour and baking powder.  Combine these dry ingredients into the butter mixture to make a dough.  Let the dough sit in the refrigerator covered for 30 minutes to firm up.

Make the dough into ropes about finger-thickness and as long as the greased baking sheet.  Press them flat with a small spatula (or by hand).  Brush lightly with beaten egg and sprinkle the sugar or other decoration down the middle.

Bake in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes at 350F.  Slice the warm cookies diagonally and let them cool on the cookie sheet.  I like to bake on parchment paper and slide the paper off the cookie sheet so I can reuse it.  

These were delicious, with a flavor like hot chocolate.  

We had so much fun at the party, and my daughter even had a chance to make her favorite star/snowflake decorations, which you can find the instructions to in my other blog,

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