It’s the holiday season. Trees are trimmed, halls are decked, plums are sugared. And we’re all asking ourselves, “What is figgy pudding, anyway?” Well, THAT I can’t answer. But I can provide a simple alternative. Swedish Chocolate Balls. These Scandinavian sweets have only five ingredients (oatmeal, butter, sugar, cocoa, water), require zero baking, and are absolutely delicious.
The recipe is from Global Home Cooking: International Families’ Favorite Recipes, Nancy Freund’s eclectic cookbook featuring 41 countries and 140 recipes from families around the world. Global Home Cooking is available on Amazon and at Rainy Day Books, and all of its proceeds support the International School of Lausanne, Switzerland’s International Baccalaureate scholarship. A wonderful read and an even better cause!
What you’ll need: 4 sticks softened butter; 1¼ cup white sugar, plus another ½ cup or so to coat the chocolate balls; 4 cups oatmeal; ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder; and 1 teaspoon water.
Preparation: Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands. Form small (1-inch diameter) balls with the “dough.” Roll the balls in sugar, refrigerate for at least an hour, and enjoy!