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Princess Gems

Princess Gems

Princess Gems

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Princess Gems
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Easy



Melt-in-your mouth texture in this simple coconut cookie. Baker’s ammonia (see note*, below) is essential to achieving this amazing texture.


  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening (or half shortening, half margarine) at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons bakers ammonia or finely-ground ammonium carbonate (see note*)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup grated angel flake coconut (packed)

  • powdered sugar (optional, not pictured)


  • Pre-heat oven to 300F. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space apart a good distance on your baking sheet (these will spread). Bake for 20 minutes. If desired, roll in powdered sugar when cooled (not pictured).


  • * This cookie absolutely requires baker’s ammonia (ammonium carbonate) to achieve the intended, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Baker’s ammonia is a leavening that is much easier to find in Europe than in North America, but baking powder and baking soda are NOT alternatives to baker’s ammonia. You can make these with baking powder if you want, you just won’t achieve the intended consistency (you will get a chewier cookie). Baker’s ammonia is inexpensive and very easy to find on Amazon or specialty baking sites such as King Arthur FlourIMPORTANT: this product produces a strong ammonia smell while baking. This is completely normal…do not panic. When the cookies come out of the oven, there will be no trace of this odor in the final product.
  • “Princess Gems” is an Americanized name of the Swedish Dream cookie, properly called Drömmar. We have two other Drömmar recipes on this site, one traditional, and one with nuts.



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I loved the tast of these Princess Gems, however some seemd very "crumbly" and hard to eat without getting crumbs all over. I will make them again, perhaps mixing longer and see if that improves this part.
- A Baker

My Mom always made these cookies, only in our home they are called Poison Cookies. They are a family favorite! I've used the commercial "Bakers Ammonia" and haven't had the success I've had with using pure Ammonium Carbonate. I order it from a chemical supply company in Denver,The Science Company.
- Lauri

Our mom made these cookies for as long as I can remember. A holiday favorite and easy to make. Mom passed the recipe down to us. Delicate cookie and a few don't make it to the powdered sugar coat.
- Dana

have been making these for years and years. King Arthur Flour has ammonia carbonate. keep tighly sealed will be OK for a year or more. they are so good everyone is always asking for the recipe
- Kay

They were excellent. I purchased Baker's Ammonium to try out for fun, these cookies made it totally worth wild. 1 batch goes a long way. They are light and delicious. Only downside is the Ammonium which make it's presents known while baking but disappears cooked.
- Brendan

These cookies have been a traditional Christmas cookie in our family for generations. My mom and grandma both made them. My kids love them and so do I! The only problem I have is that it's hard to get the ammonium carbonate - I have to order it from the pharmacy. They are supposed to be very crumbly - it's the leavening agent that does that. I've tried making them with baking soda and baking powder, but they don't turn out right.
- Debbie
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