Scandinavian Tea Cookies

March 19th, 2009

I am seriously addicted to these cookies. The recipe came from a co-worker whose Mother ran a gourmet cooking store and school. I have no idea where the name originated and, as a matter of fact the name on the recipe was Scandinavian Tea Cake. This made no sense to me because a Scandinavian tea cake is usually a yeasty concoction and these cookies are buttery and crisp. So I have officially renamed the recipe.

They are very easy to assemble and use very few ingredients. The only difficult part of the recipe is grating the chocolate bars and I have simplified that by using chocolate chips. Now if you are a chocolate purist, you could use a high quality milk chocolate bar and they would be even better. One day when I have better gourmet choices at the grocery store I will use a fine quality chocolate. In the past I have used 6 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars, but they were difficult to grate and I had to keep returning them to the fridge to harden enough to take the grate. This time I used Nestle’s Milk Chocolate Chips and they melted and spread very easily. It is hard to go wrong with this recipe. And wouldn’t they be excellent for tea with my Chicken Almond Tea Sandwiches?


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup unbleached flour
6 (1.05 oz.) milk chocolate bars, grated ( I used 7 oz. milk chocolate chips)
2/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, and egg yolk until very smooth. Gradually add flour until well blended. Spread dough on lightly greased 15 1/2″x10 1/2″x 1″ sheet pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until medium brown. Sprinkle chocolate shavings or chips evenly over cake. Put in oven to melt and when warmed remove from oven and spread over top. Sprinkle with nuts. Cut into squares when cool.

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12 responses to “Scandinavian Tea Cookies”

  1. Tammy says:

    Yummy! Everyone in the world needs connections to a lady who runs a gourmet cooking store and school.

  2. Oh yummy! They look as sound great! Happy first day of Spring Penny!

  3. Looks fantastic and I love the simplicity of the recipe. Definitely my kind of cookie recipe. I’m definitely adding these to my to-make list. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

  4. Grace says:

    they’re so flat and fantastic! clearly, with those ingredients, these must be delicious. 🙂

  5. Molly Jean says:

    If these are tea cakes then I’m coming over at high noon tomorrow 😉

  6. Martha says:

    These look really good — I may try them soon.

  7. These looks so good! I think I would eat the whole batch.

  8. Natashya says:

    They do look tasty! I was wondering why you can’t just buy broken chocolate in bags for cooking. You would think there would be a lot of it.

  9. Penny says:

    Tammy – Wish I had that connection now.

    Penny – Happy Spring to you. Looking forward to returning to Lake Lure.

    Food for Hungry Soul – Thank you. Simple, Simple recipe.

    Grace – Buttery crunch with chocolate on top. What more could you want?

    Molly Jean – See you for tea any time.

    Martha – Thanks for visiting. These would be good for one of your ladies luncheons.

    Foodie – I almost did.

    Natashya – I agree. We need to talk to the chocolate people.

  10. These look terrific. I’m not fond of grating things that don’t cooperate either. I agree with Natashya….they should have broken chocolate in bags.

  11. Lickedspoon says:

    These look delicious, and deliciously simple, apart from the grating! I’ve so enjoyed looking at the recipes on your blog, some great inspiration here.

  12. Kate says:

    Oh my, these look great. Must bookmark immediately.

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