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Princess Gems For Jule And Other Times

Princess Gems For Jule And Other Times
Julefest cookies at Goodies2Go

What's Christmas or afternoon coffee without cookies? These Princess Gems first appeared at the Museum's cookbook, Tasty Traditions, courtesy of Marianne Livingstone and Carina Halgren. Today Sharon Lucas and Gail Blaine, co-chair of Goodies2Go, recommend this recipe. The amazing volunteers of Goodies2Go baked this and other Nordic favorites to stock their famous table of treats at Julefest.

This traditional cookie makes a lovely addition to your fika at any time of the year.

Princess Gems - Swedish

Contributed by Marianne Livingstone and Carina Halgren to Tasty Traditions

1 c. shortening

½ c. butter

2 c. sugar

2 tsp. baker’s ammonia

2½  c. flour

1 c. shredded coconut

About ½ c. powdered sugar


Sharon’s and Gail's notes on ingredients:

You can find Baker’s ammonia at Scandinavian Specialties in Seattle. We recommend Bob’s All-Purpose White Flour for this recipe.

Instructions for baking:

  • Cream shortening and butter
  • Add sugar and cream again
  • Mix flour with baker’s ammonia
  • Add mixed dry ingredients to creamed ingredients
  • Mix dry and creamed ingredients
  • Stir in coconut
  • Form into balls the size of small walnuts
  • Bake on greased (or parchment paper) cookie sheet at 350° 17-20 minutes until just beginning to turn golden
  • When cool, dust with powdered sugar

Sharon’s and Gail's notes on instructions:

You can use a 1 tsp. or 1½ tsp cookie scoop to form the individual cookies. This makes about 11 dozen smaller scoop cookies or 7 dozen larger scoop cookies


Julefest cookies at Goodies2Go