I can't help but feel that dream cookies probably have an inferiority complex because of the widespread success of their similarly Swedish friend, the gingersnap. But dream cookies should not be underestimated. A well-known sweet in Sweden, these cookies are just what their name suggests: dreamy. Vanilla-flavored, crumbly, light... Dreams are simple, classic, and perfect with coffee (for the record I don't drink coffee, but I have trusted sources who confirm this pairing is delicious).
Traditionally these cookies are made with hjorthornssalt, or ammonium carbonate, which is easily found in Sweden. It's basically a salt that acts as the leavening agent in this recipe and helps the cookies rise. Because ammonium carbonate isn't readily available in the United States I've instead used baking powder.
Ammonium carbonate aside, this is an incredibly simple recipe with only six ingredients and it requires no special equipment. So there's no reason for you not to try it. Enjoy a taste of Sweden!
Makes about 40 cookies
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 300F.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla. Slowly add oil and mix until well combined. Combine baking powder and flour and slowly add it to the butter mixture at a low speed.
Roll the dough into 40 balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 20 minutes or until starting to crack slightly (the cookies will not take color).