Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies)

These pastry-like cookies have yeast in them but no rising. You just have to chill the dough a while, roll in lots of sugar, and twist to get one of the best Swedish Christmas traditions! We make these every year. I love to dip them in hot chocolate!

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Right after I had the baby, my wonderful amazing mother came and stayed with us for a while to help us cope with the fact that our children officially outnumber us.

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Mom knows that I make Butterscotch Oatmeal for the kids nearly every morning, so she made some too, except that she actually followed the recipe. (I usually only add half the sugar because I don’t want my kids to turn into junkies like me.)

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Well Charlotte noticed. “Grandma, this oatmeal is REALLY GOOD. What did you put in this??” I explained to her that Grandma added “too much” sugar. I said, “Do you know why sugar is bad for you?” And she said, “I don’t care.”

Me neither Charlotte, me neither. But I won’t be admitting that to you for as long as I can swing it. Here’s hoping we don’t die young. And cheers to all your future dental bills.

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

This is the other recipe from Eric’s great-grandma Prudy that I promised you guys this year! It’s a huge personal favorite of mine. It might be my favorite Prudy recipe, although Butter Pecans are another top contender.

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Sour Cream Twists are like a cross between a pastry and a cookie. There is yeast in the dough, but you don’t need to let them do a traditional rise. You just chill the dough for a while and let the yeast work some yeasty magic.

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

One of the first times my mother-in-law Kris made this recipe, years after Prudy had passed away, she couldn’t decide if the “sour cream” called for in the recipe was sour cream that we buy in a tub, or regular heavy cream that had gone sour. She decided to use the tub kind and it worked out great, but sometime I want to try it with sour heavy cream. I wonder how much it would change the result.

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

The other different thing about this recipe is that there is no sugar mixed in the dough; instead you roll and fold the dough in sugar several times, which makes tiny delicate layers.

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Then once you’ve shaped the twists, you roll them in sugar before baking. When you bake them the the sugar gets crusty around the edges and crystalizes a little bit, giving them just the right amount of crunch on the edges while still having a tender, yeasty center.

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

The bottoms are crispy perfection!

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies) from The Food Charlatan

They are sweet but not overwhelming. They are seriously the best thing that will ever be dipped in your hot chocolate! These would be great to leave out for Santa, or even to snack on for breakfast while opening stockings!

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Swedish Sour Cream Twists (Layered Yeast Cookies)

Yield: Makes 36-40 twists

Recipe from Gramma Prudy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 3 and 1/2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 package (scant tablespoon) yeast
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1 and 1/4 cups white sugar, for rolling out dough, plus more
  • about 1/2 cup white sugar, for rolling twists in

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the flour and beat well.
  2. In another medium bowl, stir the yeast into the sour cream.
  3. Beat in the eggs, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Beat the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture until combined. The dough will be very sticky.
  5. Cover the bowl and let chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. It's easier to manage the dough when it's cold, and it gives the yeast a chance to develop.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a few baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.
  7. Sprinkle a generous handful of the 1 and 1/4 cups sugar onto a work surface. I used a pastry cloth, or a silpat would work well too. If you roll out on the countertop you will need quite a bit of sugar since the dough is so sticky.
  8. Scrape the dough on top of the sugar, sprinkle some more on top, and use your hands to pat it down. Roll it into a rectangle with a rolling pin. See photos.
  9. Sprinkle the rolled dough with more sugar. Don't be stingy! Use a lot so that it doesn't stick, you may need more than the 1 and 1/4 cup called for.
  10. Fold the dough in half, sprinkle the top with sugar, and roll out into another rectangle. Repeat this sugaring, folding, and rolling, process 3-4 times, until the sugar is gone.
  11. The final time you roll the dough in a rectangle, sprinkle with sugar, then fold the dough in thirds like a business envelope (add sugar in between layers).
  12. Roll into a long strip, about 4-5 inches by 22-24 inches. See photos.
  13. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into strips about 1/2 inch wide. (Each strip should be about 1/2 inch by 4-5 inches).
  14. Use your fingers to twist each strip, then roll generously in 1/2 cup sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets spaced about 2 inches apart.
  15. Repeat with the remaining strips of dough.
  16. Bake at 350 for about 17-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. If you think you will like them extra crispy for coffee-dipping, leave them in a couple minutes longer.
  17. The recipe makes 36-40 twists, depending on how you long you made the twists.
  18. Serve with hot chocolate! It's so good!!
http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2016/12/15/swedish-sour-cream-twists-layered-yeast-cookies-recipe/

Here are some other Swedish cookie recipes from Gramma Prudy that you will love!

Butter Pecans << 6 ingredients to heaven.

Butter Pecans from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Crispy Swedish Cardamom Cookies << if you love cardamom, you will love these!

Crispy Swedish Cardamom Cookies from The Food Charlatan

 

Grandma Prudy’s Classic Gingersnaps << sooo good with milk.

Gramma Prudy's Classic Gingersnaps by The Food Charlatan

 

I found some similar recipes, check it out:

German Sour Cream Twist Cookies from Little Family Adventure
Twisted Cookies Rolled in Sugar from Cook and Be Merry
Renee’s Sour Cream Twists from Tori Avey

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  1. Kristine Gifford says

    Oh man! I want to east these RIGHT NOW! But I have to finish decorating, wrapping, etc., etc., etc before I can allow myself to bake anything! I’m so far behind Karen! It’s all Valentine’s fault ( but so worth it😘).

    Thank you for posting these. I’m pretty sure Gramma Prudy is up in heaven smiling down on your blog. You’re going to love her Karen. She was the best.

  2. Sunny says

    This is one of my family’s all time favorites, just as are Bohemian Yeast Cookies (I will have to send you the recipe for these). Both use sour cream, and both are chilled overnight. The Bohemian Yeast cookies are filled with dates or raisins and sprinkled with powdered sugar after baking. Love these Eueropean delights. When I first baked the Sour Cream Twists, I didn’t work the dough fast enough and it fell apart! A desperate call to Mum fixed that!

  3. stephanie says

    omg, these look so good! you had me at dipping in hot chocolate. now that it’s winter i’m a total hot chocolate junkie.

    also? i finally made the brown sugar oatmeal early this week when my bf was home sick. i played it off like i was just making my own breakfast and then gave him a taste. i carefully asked if he would like some. “yes” was the answer AND he cleaned the bowl. high praise for someone who is super cranky & picky about food when sick and wouldn’t touch oatmeal even generally speaking. it was really good. but now i want to make it every day, which is why i didn’t buy a new bag of brown sugar at the store yesterday. too dangerous, lol!

    i put a picture of it on IG, even. we had it with leftover apple cranberry compote that i made after watching one of the new ina garten barefoot contessa episodes. (she visits the southfield store and makes it as a topping for french toast.) BONUS YUM.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BN9r_A1jzOq/

  4. christine says

    Just made here! We love them. I used very spoiled buttermilk. I hope we don’t end up in the ER! Ha! Seriously, good recipe. Thanks!
    Christine

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