Sunday, September 28, 2008

Recipe for Crispy Lingonberry and Oat Cookies



I was in a cookie mode yesterday. Friends of us had invited us over for dinner (thank you, Marika & Tambet!), and we wanted to bring something little and nice and edible along. Browsing through my Estonian recipe site, I came across a Finnish Valio recipe for 'Puolukka-kauracookiet', which sounded perfect, as K's mum keeps us well supplied with lingonberries this autumn (remember the lingonberry and chocolate cake, and Swedish lingonberry cake? You get the picture - we've got loads of these berries).

And these cookies were lovely! They made the whole house smell like Christmas - and as it was a beautifully sunny autumn day outside and we were on a way to spend couple of hours sailing on the Tallinn bay, that smell was a good sign of the good times ahead of us..

Lingonberry and Oat Cookies
(Pohla-kaeraküpsised )
Makes 4 dozens

200 g butter, at room temperature
275 g caster sugar (300 ml)
1 large egg
200 g plain/all-purpose flour (400 ml)
110 g rolled oats or 4-grain cereal flakes (300 ml)
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom seeds
1 tsp baking powder
half a cup of fresh or frozen lingonberries

Cream the butter and sugar, beat in the egg. You should have a pale and creamy mixture.
Measure flour, oats, cardamom and baking powder into a bowl, then fold into the butter mixture. Combine - either with a wooden spoon or by using your hands. Fold in the lingonberries.
Take a spoonful (either a heaped teaspoonful or half a tablespoonful) of cookie mixture, roll into a small ball in your palm, then press slightly. Place on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, leaving plenty of space for spreading. (I placed 3x4 cookies on a sheet at the time).
Bake in the middle of a 200 C/400 F oven for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are golden brown.
Cool completely. These will keep nicely in an airtight cooki tin for a couple of days.

8 comments:

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

The cookies look and sound lovely! Lingonberries are really good in cookies and cakes.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

You're so lucky -- the only place I ever see lingonberries is at IKEA! Next time I'm there, I'm going to stock up, so I can do some baking with these wonderful recipes.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Yummy! These sound delicious!

Marika said...

Suur tänu pohlaretseptide eest! Hiljuti töin Soomest tagasi suure hulga pohlamarju, ja ma otsin inspiratsiooni nende kasutamiseks!

ChichaJo said...

They look and sound wonderful! Now if only I could have smelled them too.... :)

You can't get a fresh lingonberry here...not for love or money or political power! I will just enjoy your posts then :)

Roxie said...

These are the best oatmeal cookies I've tasted in the while. Lingonberry gives just the right amount of "spice" against the soft taste of oatmeal.

Pille said...

Dagmar - thank you! And I know we share the love for those Nordic berries :)

Lydia - can you get frozen lingonberries at IKEA, or just the jam? I guess you could try these cookies with dried cranberries instead (fresh ones would be too tart, I'm afraid).

Marika - võta heaks! Pohlaretsepte on eestikeelses Nami-nami retseptikogus hästi palju, nii et piilu sinna ka!

Roxie - glad to hear that you liked these cookies!!

My Sweet & Saucy, ChichaJo - thank you!

Kasperin eloa said...

After years living in New Zealand we have moved to Finland and now have the opportunity to make these.

The first batch we've tried was made with a blueberry/lingonberry mix. They're delicious but now I really want to go and pick some lingonberries as I can see now how awesome those would be!