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When you look through recipes for these yummy treats, they’re usually entitled something along the lines of “Grandmother’s Serina cookies”. So it goes without saying: this is a highly regarded, traditional cookie in Norway. It’s been around for generations, and is a very typical Christmas cookie. And no wonder – it’s delicious and so, so easy to make!
Ingredients (for 25-30 Serina cookies)
- 100 grams or 3.5 oz. of almonds (blanched)
- 150 grams or 5.3 oz. of butter
- 200 grams or 7 oz. of wheat flour
- 50 grams or 1.8 oz. of FiberFin (fibre addition; can be replaced with wheat flour)
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 50 grams or 1.8 oz. of Tagatesse
- 1 egg
- chopped almonds for sprinkles
- egg white for wash
In the oven: 200° Celsius/400° Fahrenheit/Gas mark 6
Grind or chop the almonds to a medium coarse consistency. Set aside.
≈ Preheat your oven to 200° Celsius/400° Fahrenheit/Gas mark 6 now ≈
Place the butter, flour, FiberFin, baking powder and Tagatesse in your mixing bowl. Turn the kitchen machine to medium speed and leave to run until the ingredients combine to a grainy consistency. You can also use your hands for this.
Add in the ground almonds and egg and mix again until a smooth, uniform dough forms. You should leave the machine to run for about 2 minutes at this stage, so the gluten develops properly.
Use your hands to roll the Serina cookies dough into a long sausage, then slice it into 25-30 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Use a fork to push the Serina cookies slightly down, then give them an egg white wash and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. The cookies are done when they’ve turned golden on top.
Remove the Serina cookies from the oven, cool and enjoy with lots of Christmas spirit 🙂