Chocolate Caramel CookiesMADE BY UNNA BAKERY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK
It’s hard not to regret all the tender butter cookies we’ve missed out on by not living in Sweden, where the sit-down-and-chat-awhile coffee/cookie break (fika in Swedish) is not only welcome in the workplace, but culturally mandated!
We’re making up for lost time here at Mouth HQ thanks to Swedish-born Ulrika Pettersson who founded her Harlem-based Unna Bakery to bring the traditional and elegant cookies of her heritage to a country that could stand to slow down and savor the moment a bit. Her recipes date back to the late 1800s when kaffereps (ladies-only fikas) were to have exactly seven types of cookies on offer because serving fewer would brand a hostess cheap and serving more would brand her a show-off.
We try not to play favorites (especially among the Swedish cookie squad), but these made-for-dipping parallelograms (yay geometry!) sprinkled with pearl sugar made quite the impression on our hungry Mouths. The chocolate reveals itself more in depth than flavor while the caramel comes in the form of a golden syrup glaze made from sugar beets. Swedes teach subtlety in the yummiest way.
TIP OF THE TONGUE
When your work break calls for something stronger than coffee to go with your cookies, pour this Brooklyn-made chocolate whiskey in your mug and we’re none the wiser.