Recipe 7 – Ice Dreams | Swedish coconut cookies

Ice dreams and espresso

Dreams to die for…

This week is really all about the baking. I decided to bake another classic, with a small twist. Drömmar (dreams) are a well known and beloved type of Swedish cookies. This version adds the “exotic” (oh well, for the time when this recipe was created at least) ingredient coconut, both shredded coconut and coconut fat.

Ice dreams - cookies in a jar

My attempt at this recipe turned out OK, but not as light and fluffy as drömmar usually are. I’m not sure if it had to do with the coconut fat or something else. The ammonium carbonate used instead of baking powder should give a very soft and crumbly texture. Regardless, they were still delicious and, just like the chocolate cookies I posted the other day, very simple to make.

Ice dreams in the oven

Ice Dreams

Baking time including preparation: 40 minutes
Portions: 60 cookies


  • 1 coffee cup* melted butter
  • 1 coffee cup melted coconut fat
  • 2 1/2 coffee cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 coffee cups shredded coconut
  • 4 coffee cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp ammonium carbonate

*Remember that the Swedish measure “coffee cup” is equivalent of 1.5 dl


Turn on your oven at 150°C.

Coconut fat and butter

Melt the coconut fat and the butter in a pan. Mix it with the sugar in a bowl and beat it until it has a fluffy texture.

Add the shredded coconut, the flour and the ammonium carbonate.

Shredded coconut, sugar, fat

Ordinary dreams you would roll out to 4 cm thick lengths and then cut in ca 2 cm thick slices. For these ones, I had to press them to balls in my hands since the mix was too crumbly. Maybe you’ll have more luck with your texture.

Ice dreams balls for baking

Put the slices/balls on a buttered baking tray or oven paper. Leave some space between the cookies since they will float out a bit.

Coconut cookies ready

Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with a nice cup of coffee or a glass of milk.

Espresso and ice dreams

Here is the original Swedish recipe:

Isdrömmar - recept

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