The Double Chocolate Crisp Quest

The Double Chocolate Crisp Quest

And today, it is with a plea for help that I come to you, a call to your infinite wisdom and collective knowledge.

Last time I did something of the kind, you proved to me that you were as generous with your advice and insight as I had hoped, and although I have yet to make another attempt at poaching an egg – I never seem to feel like it until the eggs I have can’t, in all honesty, be considered at their peak of freshness anymore – your precious tips will accompany me on my next foray, and you will be the first to hear about its relative or absolute success.

The matter at hand today is no less important than last time, for it involves chocolate: I am looking for a recipe to reproduce those Swedish Double Chocolate Crisps, made of two thin crispy buttery rolled oats cookies, sandwiched together by a layer of dark chocolate.

I have found a store-bought version at IKEA’s Swedish food store, made by a Swedish brand named Gille. I’ve also had them freshly made at Nils, a Swedish sandwich place on Rue Montorgueil. I love both, but what I would love even more is a recipe to make these myself. I have searched the web to no avail : lots of references to the Gille cookies without a recipe, and lots of recipes for Swedish cookies, none of which looked like they were The One.

So if you are of Swedish descent and you had a grandmother wore her grey-blonde hair up in braided loops and she used to make these for the holidays when you were little and you loved to stand beside her and watch, absent-mindedly pleating the hem of her apron as you waited for a lick of the dough ; if you have a recipe for these crisps or if you otherwise have any information, tip or trail that would help me locate the missing cookie recipe, my gratitude shall shine down upon you for the seven generations to come.

And I shall name my first batch of these cookies after you.

  • http://ilforno.typepad.com/il_forno/ Alberto

    Could I add my name to this plea too, please? I love these cookies too. Never leave Ikea without them :-)

  • eileen

    I have a Scandinavian baking book by Beatrice Ojakangas which may well include this recipe. It has lots of elaborate, authentic cookies. So I will check when I get home from work, and let you know. :)

  • Cecilia

    OK, OK, now I feel the call to write a comment. I have very sneakily read your wonderful blog for months and never commented, but now when you need a Swede- here I am!

    The biscuits you mean are what I would call havreflan or knackflan and I have never had homemade ones dipped in chocolate but that must be a easy (ehum) to do?

    The basic receipe is something like this (there is one component that I can’t translate but you might find it at IKEA, we have it here at ours in the US).

    150g butter
    150 ml sugar
    50 ml “sirap” (it’s liquid sugar, like maple syrup but with a neutral taste. If choosing from Swedish types choose the light one, the others are more suited for breads)
    50 ml thin cream or milk
    150 ml flour
    100g almonds

    Chop the almonds medium finely (don’t remove the skins and don’t chop too finely).
    Mix everything else in a pan, heat gently but don’t let it boil (just below the boil is perfect). Take the pan off the heat, add the almonds.
    Spoon out on a baking sheet, about 1 tablespoon of goo well separated from each other. Bake at 200C about 6-7 minutes. Let cool a bit before you try and prise the biscuits off the paper.

    OR
    substitute the almonds for rolled oats (about 300 ml). They can be added in the pan (when heating).

    I have also read receipes where you just melt the butter and mix everything else without heating. Choices, choices…

    To be able to dip them in chocolate you might have to figure out a way of making them thicker, the ones I had as a child are very thin and melts in your mouth.

  • http://www.web-ho.com/blog/ Pierre

    I can’t help with the chocolate, but my “Favorite Swedish Recipes” by Selma Wifstrand gives this exceedingly simple recipe for the cookies.

    Havrekakor:

    3 cups oatmeal
    2/3 cup butter
    1/2 cup butter
    Mix ingredients and knead well until all is blended. Form the dough into small balls and flatten them crosswise with a fork. Place on a buttered cookie sheet and bake at 325F/160C until light brown, about 8 minutes.

    Good luck!

  • http://www.joannou.net brian w

    I would offer a guess that the Swedish “sirap” is what they call “golden syrup” in the UK. It’s made of cane sugar I think. I believe I saw a recipe in Cook’s Illustrated for another cookie like this, I’ll check tonight and report back!

  • cheesy chilaquiles

    Worth a go, I think, Clotilde. We don’t fill ours as a rule. But if I were of a mind to – I might just use Nutella. Your call, of course.

    HAVREFLARN
    Yield: from 2 to 3 dozen

    1/3 cup sweet butter
    1 1/8 cups rolled oats
    2/3 cup white sugar
    1 whole egg, lightly beaten
    5 bitter almonds, toasted and ground
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (225 degrees C).
    Melt the butter, and pour it immediately over the oats. Allow the mixture to cool.
    Add the sugar, the egg, and the ground almonds to the oat mixture. Whisk the flour with the baking powder, and stir this in.
    Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets or use silicone mats. Position no more than 6 or 8 spoonfuls on each sheet as the cookies spread. Bake the cookies on the middle rack of your oven for about 6 minutes.
    Remove havreflarn and cool on wire racks.

  • http://www.mum-mum.info Wena

    cecilia: the way u spell ‘sirap’ is the way it’s spelt here in Malay @ Malaysia.

    pierre : errr…that’s quite a lot of butter! errr… is it suppose to be another ingredient?

    clotide : ooppsss… am answering your comments. sorry lah. i’m writing down the recipes now. getting a small oven next weekend. :)

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Alberto – And God knows Ikea works hard to make sure nobody ever leaves empty-handed! :)

    Eileen – Oooh a Scandinavian baking book sounds interesting! How do you like this one? Looking forward to the recipe you’ll find in it!

    Cecilia – How nice to have a silent reader speak up! Thanks a lot for the recipe, it sounds good. Sirap is probably what we call “sirop de glucose” here… Were you born in Sweden, or in the US? Did your grandmother bake these? :)

    Pierre – Thanks a lot for the recipe, very simple indeed! I guess one of these ingredients is butter and the other one is sugar, but which is which?

    Brian – Oh, you’re right, it’s probably the same as golden syrup. Now here’s a wonderful excuse to get a can of that delicious ingredient!

    Cheesy – Thanks for sharing your recipe! Nutella is a good idea too, although I think the bitter chocolate works really well with the rather sweet cookies…

    Wena – Oh please, feel free to answer the comments, the more the merrier! :) And congrats on getting an oven, I see lots of baking in your near future!

  • http://www.joannou.net brian w

    I found the recipe I was thinking of, but it is for more of a “lace” cookie than what you are looking for. I’ll post it anyway in case anyone is interested. You can make chocolate sandwiches with these or roll them into “cigarettes” or form them into little bowls as they cool. It’s an American recipe so it uses measures instead of weights:

    Orange-Oatmeal Lace Cookies
    8 tblsp unsalted butter
    3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup light corn syrup
    1 teasp vanilla
    1 tblsp orange zest (optional)
    1/4 teasp salt
    6 tblsp flour, sifted
    1 cup pecans, almonds or oats
    1 tblsp heavy cream

    Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment. Recipe makes 6 dozen cookies & they recommend doing 6 cookies on each sheet as they spread quite a bit.
    Bring butter, brown sugar & corn syrup to a boil in medium saucepan and stir for 5-6 minutes. Off heat, beat in vanilla, zest, salt, flour, nuts (or oats) and cream until smooth.
    Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto lined sheets and bake 6-7 minutes. Cool for about a minute then transfer to a wire rack with a thin spatula (or at this point you can roll them up, make little cones, or drape over an upside-down bowl to make little cookie bowls). Dip or spread with chocolate after completely cool to make sandwiches if you like.

  • eileen

    Wow, I’m glad others have had better luck with finding this recipe, as my Scandinavian baking book has no mention of such a cookie! It’s more based on Finnish baking, as the author is Finnish. Sorry about that!
    The book is great otherwise, though. It’ss called The great Scandinavian baking book, by Beatrice Ojakangas, and should at least be on Amazon.

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Brian – That recipe looks wonderful too, and I love the idea of making cigarettes or cups with the cookies as they cool. Thanks!

    Eileen – Thanks for looking anyway, and for the book recommendation too!

  • http://www.web-ho.com/blog Linus

    Well, my first instinct would be to take two thin crispy buttery rolled oats cookies, and then sandwich them together with a layer of dark chocolate.

    (smacking sounds are heard)

    OK, OK, just kidding. But I’ve let Pierre know he needs to come back and answer the ingredients question. Pierre is an amazing cook – ask him about the lambic gelatin paté roll he made a couple of years ago, or his “healthy” truffles, or the homemade mead, or … well, let’s just say that people love to have him at parties.

  • http://www.web-ho.com/blog/ Pierre

    Hmm, sorry. Sugar. Of course.
    2/3 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar.

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Linus – Loved your recipe, sounds easy! :)

    Pierre – Thanks a lot for coming back with the correction!

  • Cecilia

    Clotilde- I grew up in Sweden but moved about 10 years ago, first to London and then (about 2 years ago) to the US. Have hardly baked since I moved. Swedes are great lovers of cookies (or biscuits as I would call them) and coffee. An afternoon visit to someone’s home would traditionally have been including an offer of coffee, a sponge cake and at least 4-5 types of cookies (a good party should traditionally have 7 types of cookies, apart for the cakes etc). Sadly my parents don’t like biscuits, but one of my grandmothers did. She was more the shortbread type though :-).

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Cecilia – 4, 5, 7 types of cookies? *Apart* from the cakes etc? Boy, I think I could live happily in such a place! I’d be extra social and nice, just to be invited into people’s houses and sample their biscuits! :)

  • Dave

    i just tried the recipe and they came out great….but i still prefer the Brussels cookies from Peperidge Farms better…they are a little bit lighter and don’t taste so oatey….i would love to try and bake them at home….does anyone have a recipe for these?

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Dave – Great! Whose recipe did you try? Cecilia’s, Pierre’s, Cheesy’s or Brian’s?

  • Mike Howard

    Greetings from foggy San Francisco.

    Does anyone have the recipe for Swedish chocolate biscuits as sold at NK and other bakeries in Stockholm: an almond macaroon type base, buttercream filling shaped to a shallow cone, then dipped in chocolate. They are not what the English call “biscuits” and we call “cookies”. I ate thousands of them in Sweden but cannot find the recipe.

    Thank you. Mike

  • carin

    To Mike: They are called Biskvi or “Sara Bernard bakelse”. Sorry, don’t have any recipes though… too many steps for me so I usually just buy them.

    You can probably order them from somewhere. Delicato is one company making them.

  • Kim

    I have been searching and searching for a recipe for the double chocolate crisps from Gille too and I cannot believe that all this info was here! I am going to read everything you all have posted and see if I can create them myself. My paternal Grandparents were born in Sweden and my Grandmother used to make the best swedish cookies, cakes pastries when I was growing up. Darn it if I can’t find HER recipe! Thanks for helping!

  • Susan

    Oh my god!!! I cant believe I actually found this recipe. I moved from CA to NV (no IKEA here) and have been on a 2 year search for this cookie recipe. I am going to try all of the different ones and will let you know which one I like. Found a recipe for Chocolate Edged Lace cookies but wasn’t quiet the same.

  • Fred

    Best cookies ever. That with “florentine” cookies. Coffee & cream. ooooh.

    So which recipe was it?

  • http://www.creative-pixels.com Alicia

    I bought these double chocolate crisp cookies from a local store and they are absolutely delicious. They are the reason why I went looking for the recipe. The store, Southern Season, has a web site in which these cookies are sold in case anyone is interested.
    Thanks to everyone for the recipes.

  • Marie – Arlington, TX

    A final word about the quest for the recipe for the “Ikea Double Chocolate Crisp cookies”:

    I have discovered that the ingredients listed on the recipe for Havreflarn cookies found on an American/Scandinavian website match exactly what is listed as ingredients on the wrappings of the Ikea cookies (except for chemicals IKEA uses to protect/store their cookies).

    Therefore, Ladies and Gents, your search is over! Enjoy – I am about to make a batch. Happy Holidays to all.

    Marie from Switzerland, living in Texas.

  • Marie

    One more word: Bake your cookies (as mentioned in my previous post) and once they are cooled, dip the bottom of each of them into a ganache (semi-sweet chocolate melted in oven – see Foodnetwork.com). Then, sandwich both bottoms together. Let dry and then, dip the edges (all around) of each sandwich, into the ganache and let dry once again. This will taste and resemble the Ikea cookies.

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Marie – That recipe looks great, thanks for checking the ingredients against the packaged version’s!

  • Pete

    Umm-YUM! It’s going to be a busy September, testing these recipes. Thanks to all who posted them.

  • http://spindyeknit.com AlisonH

    I’m glad you found the right recipe. You’re describing my grandmother up there! But she died before she could leave me any old-tradition recipes. Those Rice Krispies Treats (yikes) I remember in her kitchen don’t count.

  • Michael

    How about the “other” Ikea biscuits. I’m looking for the recipe for the thin tin like biscuits sold at Ikea. We have them in different flavours at the Ikea here: original, orange, coffee… and come in colourful boxes red, orange …
    Hope someone can direct me to the recipe. Thanks in advance.

  • Jenny

    Words cannot express how grateful I am to have found this posting. I tearfully finished my last two IKEA cookies yesterday and have been in a funk ever since. It is wonderful to have found a site’s worth of kindred spirits!

  • perfectginger

    Ohhhh, I´m also looking for the ginger thins recipe, I´ve been trying different kinds of recipes but I´ve had no luck yet. Please let me know if you have the recipe, would be soo glad to get it!

  • http://verybigblog.com jen

    havreflarn is what they are called if you just hit that into google you will find MANY MANY recipes.

  • Laura

    Help! I tried the Havrekakor Recipe (three ingrediaetns; oats, butter and sugar)! I could never get it to make a dough! It just stayed all crumbly! I tried heating it, beating it, and kneading it! Finally plopped in pan and hoped for the best! Still all crumbly! Would make a good crust for something! Any suggestions anybody? Maybe melt the butter??? I’m Irish, but don’t eat Wheat & thought this would be great! Sadly disappointed!

  • Caroline

    Clotilde,
    A Swedish friend of mine is obtaining the recipe from her Grandmother and you can then compare to all the other suggestions. I’ll send it to you next week.
    Take care,
    Caroline

  • http://www.lacuisinedebernard.com Bernard

    Hello everyone from France!! I cracked the ikea recipe! It’s a perfect clone!! You can read it on my food blog (Several times awarded).
    It’s all in french but can be translated in english with google translate.
    Hope you will like it! See you!!
    Bernard

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Thanks for the link!

      • http://www.lacuisinedebernard.com Bernard

        You’re most welcome!! I read that you really like them. My recipe is the exact clone. I had the ingredients list from Ikea in my hands. Just a few experiences in my kitchen, and there it is!! Hope you will try! Sorry me recipe is in grams. Cheers from Paris!
        Bernard

        • rob ror

          wow I saw your recipe and they really are the exact clone!! heureusement je parle un petit peu de français! I’m going to try! merci beaucoup :D

  • http://macnifique.com/ macnifique

    Hi there Clotilde!
    I was so excited after I discovered this post!I had been meaning to attempt to make these myself for quite some time!
    You helped to give me the boost I needed, as well as the resources to get hold of some recipes!
    Here – take a look!

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