Almond Vaniljkakor


First time celebrating Swedish Day with the folks in office last week. There was a cooking contest held on that day and I took part in it. I googled around for a good and idiot-proof Swedish recipe and stumbled upon Vaniljkakor on It wasn’t exactly idiot-proof but simple enough for a beginner like me, plus, it was love at first sight and I knew I had to try it!. Very happy to report that the cookie I’ve baked won me 100 dollars shopping vouchers! They were good – the judges, my colleagues and my kids affirmed it.

‘Dressed’ the cookies up for the occasion.

Here’s sharing the recipe. To cater to local taste and the kids’ preference (baked more for the kids’ consumption) for almond, I’ve tweaked the recipe.

Ingredients (yields 4 dozens):

  • 4.5 cups of Sifted Plain Flour
  • 2.3 cups of Icing Sugar
  • 3 table of spoons Grounded Almonds (optional)
  • a little Vanilla essence
  • 2 bars of Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 3 big egg yokes
  • Jam

1. Cream icing sugar and butter until fluffy
2. Gradually add egg yokes, flour, grounded almonds and vanilla essence. Mix well.
3. Roll into balls (about diameter of 50cents coin)
4. Make and indent in the center and fill with jam


1. Preheat oven to 180degree celsius
2. Bake for 15 minutes

Preparatory work was done the night before the competition.
Silly little girl insisted to help despite it was way past her bedtime. 
 I baked 2 flavours – Strawberry Jam and Blackberry Jam. Most people prefer the Strawberry ones better. 
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