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Princess Gems For Jule And Other Times


Written December 22, 2019

This traditional cookie makes a lovely addition to your fika at any time of the year.

Princess Gems - Swedish

Contributed by Marianne Livingstone and Carina Halgren to Tasty Traditions


  • 1 c. shortening
  • ½ c. butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baker’s ammonia
  • 2½ c. flour
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • About ½ c. powdered sugar

Sharon’s and Gail's notes on ingredients:

You can find Baker’s ammonia at Scandinavian Specialties in Seattle. We recommend Bob’s All-Purpose White Flour for this recipe.

Instructions for baking:

  1. Cream shortening and butter
  2. Add sugar and cream again
  3. Mix flour with baker’s ammonia
  4. Add mixed dry ingredients to creamed ingredients
  5. Mix dry and creamed ingredients
  6. Stir in coconut
  7. Form into balls the size of small walnuts
  8. Bake on greased (or parchment paper) cookie sheet at 350° 17-20 minutes until just beginning to turn golden
  9. When cool, dust with powdered sugar

Sharon’s and Gail's notes on instructions:

You can use a 1 tsp. or 1½ tsp cookie scoop to form the individual cookies. This makes about 11 dozen smaller scoop cookies or 7 dozen larger scoop cookies.