Friday, July 10, 2015

Mordegkakor

Recipe by "New Hampshire".

or Swedish Butter Cookies

‘Mordeg’ means, quite literally, ‘tender dough’ in Swedish. It is similar to a shortcrust dough. Usually it has flour, butter, sugar and egg. Very versatile. Kaka means cake or cookie. There is really no one word in Swedish, which can be directly translated to cookie. Well, maybe ‘smakaka’ (pl. smakakor) which means small cake or small cakes.

makes: 4 dozen

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, no substitutes
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 large egg white, beaten (reserved for brushing logs)
cinnamon
sugar

Put flour in bowl. Add butter, sugar, and egg yolk and blend together with a pastry blender or two knives. Work into a smooth dough. Roll dough into two logs about 10" long each. With a pastry brush, brush logs with beaten reserved egg white, and dip/roll logs in a mixture of 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 3 tablespoons sugar. Cut roll into ¼" inch slices and put on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in moderate oven 375F for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool sheets completely between batches by either running 'underside' of hot sheets under cold water, or alternate using extra sheets.