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Chocolate slices
'Chokladsnittar' (chocolate slices), are a part of the Swedish 'fika' and 'kafferep' tradition.
Photo credit: Tina Axelsson/Visit Sweden

Chokladsnittar (chocolate slices) – recipe

Recipe by top patisserie chef Mia Öhrn.

Makes approx. 40

Oven temperature: 200 °C or 392 °F

Preparation time: 30 min

Ingredients:

  • 200 g (7 ounces) butter, softened
  • 250 ml (2 ½ dl or 1,1 cup) caster sugar
  • 500 ml (5 dl or 2,1 cups) plain flour
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg

To decorate:

  • 1 egg
  • Pearl sugar (this Swedish favourite can be replaced with sprinkles/hundreds and thousands).

Method:

  1. Beat butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until you have a dough.
  2. Divide the dough into four parts. Shape each one into a roll and place them on greaseproof baking sheets.
  3. Flatten the rolls slightly and add a thin layer of the beaten egg with a brush. Sprinkle the rolls with pearl sugar or sprinkles.
  4. Bake in the middle of the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool for one minute and cut each length while still hot into 2 cm wide, diagonal slices. The cookies keep for about a week at room temperature and can also be frozen.

Vegan alternative: Use plant-based margarine instead of butter and replace the egg with two tablespoons of water. To decorate, exclude the egg for brushing, and gently press the pearl sugar or sprinkles/hundreds and thousands into the cookies before baking.

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