Finnska Kakor, Finnish Cookies or Little Cakes Recipe

I’m always trying to find a new or different recipe to try during the holidays, especially when it comes to Christmas cookies. I came across this and few other interesting Christmas recipes in one of my old vintage recipe boxes. Called Finnska Kakor, the name translates into Finnish cookies or ‘little cakes’. With butter, sugar, and almonds, I can only believe these would be wonderfully delicious!

The cookie recipe is likely from a Gold Medal promotional insert that listed many holiday recipes, since the ingredients call specifically for Gold Medal flour. I checked out the Gold Medal flour website (lots of great recipes) but couldn’t locate this one. Fortunately, I’ve got the recipe right here:

Finnska Kakor, Finnish Cookie Recipe

3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon Almond flavoring
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped

Cream together the butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Using your hands, slowly work in the flour. Add the flavoring and continue to work in by hand until the mixture is creamy and pliable.

Chill dough to make it easier to handle.

Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured clothed-covered board. Cut into 2 1/2 inch strips that are about 3/4 inch wide. Brush tops with beaten egg, then sprinkle lightly with sugar and nuts. Transfer each cookie carefully to an ungreased heavy baking sheet.

Baked until cookies begin to turn a gold color, about 15-20 minutes in a 350F (180C) oven. Makes about 4 dozen Finnish cookies.

Since the cookies don’t contain any leavening, I suspect they’ll be similar to a rich shortbread that is thin and delicate. I can hardly wait to make these this Christmas!

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