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Swedish Dream Cookies

Swedish Dream Cookies

Light and crispy sugar cookies made with ammonium carbonate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Baker's Ammonia
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon baker's ammonia
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100 grams)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature (114 grams)
  • 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (120 grams)
  • Coarse or sparkling sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and creamy.
  • In a small bowl or custard cup, combine the vanilla, baker's ammonia, and salt. Stir to dissolve the ammonia. Scrape vanilla mixture into butter mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Mix in the flour and stir until the dough holds together.
  • Using a small cookie scoop (or ½ ounce weight) of dough, shape into balls. Roll the balls in coarse sugar. Press down flat using the bottom of a glass or a spatula with holes in it.
  • For more decorative cookies with circular ridges, use the presser from a food processor to press the cookies (King Arthur's idea!)
  • Bake the cookies at 300 degrees until they're a very light golden brown around the edges, about 25 minutes.


Even Less Sweet Version -- These are more like shortbread.  This version uses more baker's ammonia.
1 stick salted butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams) 1 cup flour (130 grams), 1/2 teaspoon baker's ammonia, 1 teaspoon vanilla