Swedish Delights


Swedish Chocolate Balls 1

Swedish Chocolate Balls 2

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!

2 Responses

  1. Anna, yet again, you make it look so easy, and with this particular recipe, I can vouch, it IS easy! Thank you for your wonderful write-up and photos. This recipe is especially near and dear to my heart because the Swedish community here in Switzerland always shares these yummy morsels when they have a special celebration for all the internationals to join in. Next up with the Swedes is the magical pre-Christmas celebration of Santa Lucia in fact. Lots of candles and singing… the boys’ and girls’ crowns and white robes are stunning, and Swedish chocolate balls for all. I may have to make my own tomorrow! Thank you again for this great post.

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