All Scandinavian kids know this basic chocolate treat recipe. It requires no baking and is super-quick to make, as it’s essentially butter, cocoa and sugar! In Sweden and Norway, these are made all year round, but they’re usually kept for the festive season in Denmark. Make these ahead and keep them in the fridge, as they last for a week or so.
- 250g butter,
- 400g rolled oats
- 150g icing sugar
- 3–4 heaped tbsp
- cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp brewed
- strong coffee, cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla sugar
- Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until you have a good, uniform mixture. I usually do it in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, but this isn’t difficult to do by hand.
- Make equal-sized balls (usually the size of a whole walnut), then roll in your chosen covering (see the guide on the right), before chilling in the fridge. The traditional treat is simply rolled in pearl/nibbed sugar, desiccated/dried shredded coconut or hundreds and thousands/sprinkles.
Flavours and coverings
Orange: This one is for the grown-ups only. Add 2 tbsp Cointreau and 1/4 tsp finely grated orange zest to 200g of your mixture. Roll in chocolate sprinkles.
Almond: Another adults-only one. Add 2 tbsp Amaretto to 200g of your mixture, then roll in toasted, chopped almonds.
Raspberry: Children can enjoy this one. Add 1 tbsp raspberry jam to 200g of your mixture. Roll in freeze-dried raspberry pieces or chocolate sprinkles.