Grandchildren love to help sprinkle the pearl sugar on these crispy Swedish cookies. Ones who are old enough to safely manage a knife enjoy cutting them into shapes when they are still warm from the oven.
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
1 beaten egg for brushing cookies
Pearl sugar for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and vanilla sugar. Stir the flour mixture into the butter-and-sugar mixture, stirring until the ingredients are just combined.
2. Divide the dough into 6 equal balls and roll each out to a log about 3/4-inch thick. Place the logs, well spaced, on greased sheet pans. Brush each with the beaten egg and sprinkle generously with pearl sugar. Bake until they just begin to darken and crack on top, yet are still soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Remove from the sheet pans and place on a cutting board. While the cookies are still warm, use a sharp knife to cut the logs on the bias into 1-inch-wide strips. Cut again on the bias to form small diamonds.
Yield: About 60 cookies.