Mömmukökur Recipe

These light cookies sandwich a tasty sweet cream, both of which can be customized with flavor additions like cocoa, coffee and extracts.

| June 2019

Photo from Adobe Stock/Antony McAulay 

“Mama’s cookies” are a light crispy cookie sandwiched with sweet cream filling



  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 portion (batch) butter icing
Yield: approximately 60 sandwich cookies


  1. Place the sugar, butter and corn syrup in a small pan over medium heat. Blend using wire whisk until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool completely then stir in the egg.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and ginger. Add in the syrup mixture and knead until smooth.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into circles using cookie cutters or an overturned glass, making sure there is an even number of cookies.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.
  7. Cool completely before adding icing and assembling sandwich cookie.

Alternatives & Substitutions

Add 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa to dough for chocolate cookies and pair with coffee flavored butter icing.

Photo from Homestyle Icelandic Cooking for American Kitchens.


This butter icing is perfect for Mömmukökur and for layering in cakes


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or almond extract (or other flavorings)
  • Food coloring, optional (Using cake gel coloring instead of food coloring will make icing thicker and will hold up better if using in layer cakes.)


  1. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the egg yolk and cream.
  4. Add flavoring and food coloring, if using.
  5. Mix until smooth.

Alternatives & Substitutions 

You can reduce the amount of powdered sugar to 1 cup to reduce sweetness.



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