Swedish Rye Cookies (Cookie Week)



How to Make Swedish Rye Cookies

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Swedish rye cookies incorporate rye flour along with all-purpose flour. In addition, a mixture of butter and cream cheese brings moisture to the dough. Traditionally made in Sweden, these cookies are traditionally hung from the Christmas tree. In Sweden, the cookies are called “ragkakor.”

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. (113 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. water (to add as needed)
  • Caraway or anise seeds

Steps

Prepare the Dough

This buttery rye cookie dough is designed to mimic the loaves of rye bread traditionally eaten in Sweden year-round. Make sure to gradually add water so that you don’t make the dough too moist to roll out.

  1. Mix the cream cheese, butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl at medium speed until the ingredients are light and fluffy.You can use either a handheld mixer or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  2. Whisk together the rye flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and kosher salt in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  4. Mix on low until the dry ingredients that you added are just incorporated.
  5. Continue adding the dry ingredients gradually, mixing between each addition.
  6. Examine the dough.If the dough is too dry to hold together when it is rolled out, then add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is moist but not sticky.

Cut Out the Cookies

Traditionally, the holes from which you hang these cookies on the Christmas tree are cut with a thimble. If you don’t have a thimble at home, then use a clean cap from a bottle, dipping the cap in flour after each cut so that it doesn’t become clogged with dough.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle some flour onto a work surface.
  3. Coat a small plate with a thin layer of flour.
  4. Roll out the cookie dough on the floured surface, using a rolling pin, until the dough forms a 1/4” thick rectangle.
  5. Dip a 2-1/2” (6 centimeter) cookie cutter into the flour that you spread onto the plate.
  6. Starting at the top left corner of the dough, push the cookie cutter into the dough to cut out a cookie and continue cutting.
  7. Dip the cookie cutter in flour to prevent the cookies from sticking to the cutter after each cut.
  8. Dip a thimble in flour and push the thimble through each cookie near the top edge.These cookies will be hung from the Christmas tree, so leave about 1/2” (13 mm) of space between the top of the hole and the edge of the cookie. This will help avoid having the cookie break when you hang it on the tree.
  9. Lay each cookie on the baking sheets, leaving about 1” (2-1/2 cm) of space between the cookies.
  10. Sprinkle the cookies with caraway or anise seeds.
  11. Use the bottom of smooth glass to lightly press the seeds into the surface of the cookies.

Bake the Cookies and Trim the Tree

Before you thread ribbon or yarn through the cookies to hang them from the Christmas tree, the cookies must be completely cooled. This will ensure that they don’t break while you handle them.

  1. Bake 1 sheet of cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  2. Remove the first sheet from the oven and place it on the stovetop for 2 minutes to cool.
  3. Place the second baking sheet in the oven and bake the second batch of cookies.
  4. Loosen the cookies from the first sheet using a spatula and place them on wire racks to cool.
  5. When the other cookies come out of the oven, allow them to rest on the stovetop for 2 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. Thread a 6” (15 cm) piece of ribbon or yarn through the holes of each cookie.
  7. Tie the two ends of the ribbon together to form a knot in the ribbon.The knot should be about 1/2” (6 mm) from the ends of the ribbon so that the ribbon can be hung from a Christmas tree branch.
  8. Hang the cookies on your Christmas tree.
  9. Allow guests to take a cookie from the tree and serve the cookies with a mug of glogg, which is a Swedish mulled mix of port and red wine.

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  • These cookies also travel well. Pack them in tins between layers of wax paper.
  • If you don’t own cookie cutters, then cut out the cookies using the rim of a glass. Remember to dip the rim in flour to avoid sticking.





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