Chokladsnittar (Swedish Chocolate Cookies)


Once a week my friends in Bergen gather for Trashy Tuesday to watch reality tv together. It’s a perfect opportunity for a weekday catchup, and it’s also a perfect opportunity for me to test out new recipes. Often it takes me a few tries to perfect the recipe I want to publish, and it’s always extra helpful to have feedback from other people. This week I decided to make chokladsnittar, sliced Swedish chocolate cookies decorated with pearl sugar. And the feedback was good!

Chokladsnittar are sort of like thin brownies, with crispy edges and a soft center. There’s no egg in the chokladsnittar dough, so these cookies are definitely more fudgy than cakey. The dough also comes together incredibly quickly, so these are easy cookies to whip up when you’re short on time but still want to make something a bit elevated.

Chokladsnittar Swedish chocolate cookies

Swedish pearl sugar

Chokladsnittar are decorated with Swedish pearl sugar, which is made of compressed sugar crystals that form large opaque white sugar pieces. Swedes love decorating their baked goods with pearl sugar – you’ve probably seen it on various Swedish sweet buns. We have pearl sugar in Norway as well, but Norwegian pearl sugar is clear instead of white.

If you don’t have pearl sugar you can always decorate your chokladsnittar with sprinkles instead, or leave them bare. Or you can make your own diy pearl sugar!

You can make your own pearl sugar by combining 125 g (1 cup) powdered sugar with 2 teaspoons of water. Stir the sugar and water together and then press it into a solid ball. Then grate the ball into pieces on a cheese grater. Spread the sugar pieces on a baking sheet and let them harden in an oven for about 10 minutes at 110°C (230°F). You don’t need to be too exact here – in fact you could simply leave the sugar in the oven for about ten minutes as the oven preheats for baking the chokladsnittar.

making swedish pearl sugar diy
diy pearl sugar


The dough will be a lot easier to mix together if you let the butter soften at room temperature first. I mix it with a wooden spoon first and then switch to my hands to bring it into a ball. Then divide the ball in half and roll out two long sausages.

rolling out chokladsnittar dough

Then simply flatten the sausages with your hands. The shape doesn’t matter too much here as you’ll be cutting the cookies into thin slices anyway.

chokladsnittar dough on baking sheet
brushing chokladsnittar dough with egg wash

I try to do quite a light egg wash so that the pearl sugar doesn’t dissolve in the egg (this can happen if you’re using homemade pearl sugar). You can also let the egg sit on top of the dough for a couple of minutes before adding the pearl sugar.

chokladsnittar dough on baking sheet

I bake these for exactly 15 minutes, but baking times can vary a bit depending on your oven. Then I let the cookie lengths cool for a couple minutes before slicing them up. They are easier to cut when they’re still warm though, so don’t wait too long to cut them. You can use a pizza/pastry cutter or a knife.

slicing chokladsnittar swedish chocolate cookies
Chokladsnittar Swedish chocolate cookies
chokladsnittar Swedish chocolate cookies with pearl sugar

You can switch the recipe from US measurements to metric by clicking from “US Customary” to “Metric” under Ingredients.

Chokladsnittar Swedish chocolate cookies

Chokladsnittar (Swedish Chocolate Cookies)

Chokladsnittar are sliced Swedish chocolate cookies decorated with white pearl sugar. The edges are crispy while the center is soft and chocolatey.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: chocolate, cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20 cookies
Author: Silvia


  • 7 tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp light syrup
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • pearl sugar


  • Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F) top and bottom heat and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter, sugar, and syrup until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder and mix until the dough comes together in a ball (mix with your hands at the end).
  • Divide the dough into two. Roll each ball of dough into a long sausage and place each on the baking sheet.
  • Flatten the dough with your hands. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool for a few minutes and then slice into about 20 diagonal slices.



  • Enya

    October 13, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    5 stars
    A fantastic recipe that everyone we knew really enjoyed! Thanks and keep it up!

  • Kim

    October 25, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    These were so good and very easy to make. I sprinkled them with regular sugar and they were perfect.

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