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Spotted Dog ("Kirju Koer") from Estonia

This Estonian classic is dessert you’re going to love. With no baking time and 5 ingredients, this Spotted Dog, or “Kirju Koer” is unique, simple, and so delicious!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: estonian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • 5 oz pre-packaged plain shortbread cookies
  • 4 oz Sugared Orange Gummy Slices, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 11 tbsp butter, cold

Instructions

  • Place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush them. You want mostly crumbs but some larger pieces are fine.
  • Add the crushed cookies, gummies, cocoa powder, & sugar into a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix.
  • Grate the butter on the largest setting of a cheese grater, and put this in the bowl.
  • Use your hands to mix the mixture until fully combined. Make sure to stop when the ingredients are fully combined, as over mixing will cause the heat from your hands to melt the butter.
  • Put parchment paper down and form the mixture into a log. Roll the parchment paper around the log, twisting the edges to tightly pull together the ingredients (like a tootsie roll!).
  • Put the log (still in the parchment paper) in the fridge for about an hour. When completely chilled, use a knife to cut it into slices.

Notes

Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
Inspiration/research for this recipe came from Estonian Cuisine’s Blog Post and Nami Nami’s YouTube Video.
 
  • Cookies: I used a prepackaged, plain shortbread cookie. 
  • Sugared Orange Gummy Slices: Jelly cubes/marmalade are traditional, but I was not able to find these anywhere. Instead, I used sugared orange gummy slices, which mixed with the chocolate beautifully. 
  • Cocoa Powder: I used sweetened cocoa powder. You can also use Dark Cocoa Powder if you like the taste of dark chocolate. 
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar works best
  • Butter: Use cold, unsalted butter. Grating the butter on the cheese grater allows it to mix into the recipe easier.
  • I had a hard time finding “marmalade cubes” or “jelly cubes” at the grocery store or even online. Instead, I picked out my favorite sweet (NOT sour) gummy candy and added them into the dish. I chose Sugared Orange Slice Gummies and I truly feel that this was the most delicious combo. 
  • If you don’t want to add gummies, you can also roll in fresh fruits or berries. Make sure to choose a tougher fruit, as you don’t want it disintegrating into the chocolate log. 
  • Feel free to add any other ingredients into the log that you’d like. I have seen variations with marshmallows, nuts, etc.
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