Powder-kissed and pretty, these Swedish rye biscuits are perfect for the Christmas biscuit enthusiast (or anyone really!) After a not-too-sweet shortbread-style shortbread-style biscuit. I make them with a mixture of rye and whole grain pastry flour and also break with tradition when it comes to adding a secret ingredient. Because I love the taste of toasted rye bread coated with cream cheese, I use a butter and cream cheese combination for the dough – instead of a butter-only dough.
These cookies can be baked in all sorts of shapes, although I like to roll and stamp them. The batter is generally easy to work with, and I've found cutters from super small to medium sized to work really well.
I suspect you could experiment with other flours instead of the rye and expect good results – barley or oat flour might work just fine. I also thought of making a savory version of this biscuit with herbs and grated cheese instead of most / all of the sugar – and turning it into a buttery rye cream cheese herb cracker …
Some of you have come up with successful variations on this recipe over the years. I wanted to highlight a few here in the hope that it might be helpful!
- Can these be adapted vegan?? Truman notes: “I replaced the butter and cream cheese with vegan butter sticks and tofutti with soil balance, which are better than cream cheese. That made it a bit healthier for the heart and also vegan. ”And with that in mind, Keri adds:“ I also made the vegan version of it! They are delicious – I added some grated orange peel and ground anise seeds and they remind me of a less crispy version of my grandma's gingerbread. "
- KanelBulle spiced it up, “I combined this with the gingerbread idea by adding spices – ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon – and using a dark sugar called 'molasses sugar'. It turned out brilliantly (even if I don't have the cookie cutters to make these rings). "
I like to bake these cookies not only around the holidays, but the rest of the year as well. If you're here looking for Christmas / Christmas cookie recipes, I've put a number of favorites from past holidays in one place. Or here if you're just looking for more cookie recipe inspiration. I especially love these chocolate puddle biscuits, this shortbread, those special snickerdoodles, this millionaire shortbread and those triple ginger biscuits.
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