It´s -10° C outside. Not really a terrible temperature for a Swedish winter but still enough to make me want to stay inside. Especially since the wind behaves like a little, angry bulldog and bites your cheeks as if there was no tomorrow. So instead of aiming for self-destruction, we aimed for self-indulgence and spoiled ourselves with “chokladbollar” (chocolate balls), which are simple to make and yet delicious. They do not require any cooking or baking and even the smallest children can get involved. All you need is some butter, cocoa powder, vanilla sugar, sugar, cold coffee and oatmeal. Here is the complete recipe:
1 dl sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
2-3 tbsp cocoa
3 dl oatmeal
2-3 tbsp strong, cold coffee
pearl sugar or coconut flakes for garnishing
Mix butter, sugar and vanilla sugar thoroughly. Add oatmeal, cocoa powder and coffee. Stir until everything has turned into an uniform dough. Form small balls and roll them in either pearl sugar or coconut flakes. Et voila, ready to eat! Dead easy isn´t it?
In a perfect world, I would now show you a picture of our mouth-watering result and you would get even more inspired and test it. Unfortunately this is not a perfect world and the picture I have might instead turn you off. We lacked both pearl sugar and coconut flakes for garnishing and as a result our chocolate balls looked like….
…exactly: Elk droppings. But trust me, they were really, really good and my 2 year old asked immediately for “mer bajs, mamma” (more poop, mom) after tasting the first little ball. Why would you want a star in the Guide Michelin, if you can get such a wonderful critique!