The other day I was in the mood for baking something simple and since my parents brought me some hartshorn salt (hjorthornssalt) from Sweden in November, I was able to stir up these little cookies. Hartshorn salt (also known as baker’s ammonia) was originally extracted from deer horns but is today artificially produced. It replaces the baking powder or baking soda and gives the cookies a distinct taste & texture. Back in the old days it was also used in smelling salts to keep women from fainting (read more here or order some online from here).
The name of these cookies in Swedish is “drömmar” which means dreams and this was actually the first time I tried baking them. As you can see in the picture, I added some fresh walnuts from our back alley to them. We have about 10 kg of walnuts, so I’ll get back to report how I’m using them.
Now to the recipie that I modified from this one.
What to mix together:
- 100 g room temperature butter
- 300 ml white sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla sugar
- 400 ml flour
- 1 tsp hartshorn salt (or 2 tsp baking powder)
- ~ 200 ml vegetable oil (not olive oil!)
Mix everything but the oil into fine crumbs and then add oil until the dough sticks together and can be kneaded into a round ball.
Shape the dough into little balls that you flatten out on parchement paper on the baking sheet. Place a piece of walnut or some other nut in the middle.
Bake in the oven at 150°C for about 20 min.
Yumm yumm yumm with a cup of coffee.