Ruiskakut, literally cakes from rye, are a Finnish Christmas delicacy. Crisp, slightly sweet, delicately scented with vanilla and a subtle nutty taste of rye, these are scrumptious! Speculating that the cookies are threaded with ribbon and hung on Christmas tree branches for guests to break off and eat — the cookies that is, not the branches — Sharon Tyler Herbst’s instructions are to cut a small hole off-center in each.
Equal parts white and rye flours, a little sugar, salt, vanilla and milk, and a whole half cup of butter. Some recipes call for sprinkling the cut-outs of dough with decorative sugars, but these are simply perfect as they are.
What’s that? Why are they hanging out in my backyard garden from the bean/pea trellis? Because it’s the wrong time of year to hang them from the Christmas tree, of course! Don’t worry. I didn’t leave them there.