Finnish Sticks

Although they're called Finnish Sticks, these almond cookies are beloved in Sweden, where they're one of the most popular snacks for fika, or coffee breaks. Slideshow:  More Cookie Recipes 

Finnish Sticks
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

  • 3 tablespoons whole milk

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped roasted almonds

  • 1 tablespoon pearl sugar (see Note)


  1. In a food processor, combine the 1 1/4 cups of flour, the butter, granulated sugar and almond extract and pulse until a dough forms. Shape into a ball and flatten into a 1-inch-thick disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, beat the milk with the egg.

  3. Divide the cookie dough in half. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each piece of dough into a 3/4-inch-thick log. Brush the logs with the milk-egg wash and sprinkle with the almonds and pearl sugar. Cut the logs into 2-inch pieces and arrange on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until barely golden. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool before serving.

Make Ahead

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days.


Note: Pearl sugar is available at specialty food stores and from

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