Afternoon coffee time in Northern Europe, it is almost sacred, even on workdays. Around 3 pm, everybody finds some time to have a real coffee break, sipping a good cup of coffee, latte or cappuccino served with some delicious cookies. I baked these cookies last Sunday for an afternoon coffee.It was really a premiere! So please forgive me if they are not magazine picture perfect but they came out quite good though!
In fact, I was strongly trying to bake them as good as my mother in law would do it, crunchy outside but soft on the palate, totally melting in your mouth or your coffee. So many delicious Swedish cookies came out of her hands, and oven, I was always amazed by how natural it was for her!
I can’t say the same here, as I am not the greatest baker of all.
This time, I patiently followed her recipe, and here they are looking modest but tasting surprisingly good as the batch quickly disappeared. My husband doesn’t know I have hidden some, in a cookies box like in the old times! Now he will.
Well, I will make some more, even better, here is the recipe:
- 3/4 of a cup – about 1 an half stick butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- red jelly
- Beat butter and sugar until mixture is lighter and fluffy.
- Add eggs and ground almonds, beat again, add the flour, knead it softly.
- When done, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Roll the dough on a floured surface into a thin sheet. Cut 3 inches rounds. Place them on a greased lined baking sheet.
- Bake on the center oven rack for 10 minutes. Let it cool.
- Combine water and powdered sugar, beating well. Spread the mixture over cookies.
- Garnish with your preferred jelly!
There is a delicious second option for the non impatient bakers. These won a prize in 1945!
Mignon cookies are originally like small sandwiches, filled with a delightful cream, as follows:
- Cut the cookies in only 2 inches rounds.
- In a saucepan, add 3 egg yolks, 1 1/4 cup of whipping cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Simmer over medium/low heat, stirring contstantly until the mixture has thickened. remove the heat, add vanilla extract an let it cool!!! Yes I know it is very simple, when not in a hurry, I was just too curious to taste some fast!
- When cookies are cooled off, add vanilla cream in between, like in a sandwich. Spread with powdered sugar, garnish with jelly!
Delicate gourmet little sweet things like these can make your day! Enjoy with your preferred cappuccino or cup of coffee brew!