Our other websites:
Chessboard cookies ('Schackrutor') are a part of the Swedish 'fika' and 'kafferep' tradition.
Photo credit: Tina Axelsson/Visit Sweden
Chessboard cookies ('Schackrutor') – recipe
Recipe by top patisserie chef Mia Öhrn.
Last updated 17 January 2023
Makes approximately 40 cookies.
Oven temperature: 200°C or 392°F.
Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus some extra time to let set.
- 400 ml (4 dl or 1,7 cup) plain flour
- 100 ml (1 dl or 0,42 cup) potato starch
- 1 pinch of salt
- 200 g (7 ounces) cold butter
- 100 ml (1 dl or 0,42 cup) caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Measure up the plain flour, potato starch and salt in a bowl. Add the chilled, chopped-up butter and blend this into the flour mixture using your fingers. Work the mixture into a dough before adding the caster sugar. Knead the dough a little until it has a smooth texture. The dough can also be mixed using a processor.
- Divide the dough in half and knead vanilla extract into one part and cocoa into the other. Flatten both parts a little and let them rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Using a rolling pin, shape the vanilla dough into a 1 cm (or just above) thick rectangle. Repeat the procedure with the cocoa dough and place one part on top of the other. Press lightly. Cut the double-dough into bars measuring just over 1 cm and place these two by two – with the cocoa parts facing the vanilla ones.
- Cut the dough into 4 mm thick slices and place the cookies on baking trays lined with greaseproof paper.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 7-10 minutes and allow to cool. The cookies keep for about a week at room temperature and are suitable for freezing.
Vegan alternative: Replace the butter with plant-based margarine.
Give us your feedback!
Article sponsored by
EU and Swedish Board of Agriculture