Kalter Hund is a German treat made of chocolate and biscuits. It is top 8 free!
Kalter Hund, or cold dog in English, is a crazy dessert that I first encountered at a farmhouse outside of Berlin. I honestly though this was the most decadent and ridiculous treat ever! Cookies layered in chocolate! Ridiculous! Delicious! I need this in my life forever!
Since it was my first time seeing Kalter Hund, I assumed it was the invention of the forest marshal who was selling slices along with coffee. It turns out to be a traditional treat in a lot of countries. In English Kalter Hund is known as Hedgehog Slice, in Dutch, it is Arretjescake, in Italian it is salame di cioccolato or my favourite in Swedish it is known as radiokaka.
Since this is pretty much just chocolate and cookies, I immediately knew it could become top 8 free! Traditionally the chocolate is combined with cream and coconut oil creating a fudge consistency. First I tried the recipe using the original ingredients, and then I modified it using coconut milk and coconut oil. It turned out even better with coconut milk. To enhance the slight coconut flavour, each layer includes a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes.
Kalter Hund: all about the biscuits
The second primary ingredient in Kalter Hund is biscuits. Biscuits as in tea biscuits biscuits, not biscuits and gravy biscuits! 😉 Depending on what biscuit or cookie you choose to use the recipe can be top 8 free and gluten free and even vegan. I tried it with digestives and with butterkeks. Butterkeks, also known as petit beurre, were my favourite of the two. I know Schär makes wheat & gluten free butterkeks that would be perfect for this.
A Perfect Holiday Treat!
Kalter Hund isn’t your typical cookie to bring to a cookie exchange, but I wanted to share a little something German this holiday season. Many German cookies use almonds or nuts, and this was the easiest to adapt for most food allergies. Also, it’s perfect for the chocolate lovers out there!
Need more cookie recipes? Stay tuned I’m teaming up with a bunch of fantastic food allergy bloggers to bring you a Nut Free Cookie Exchange!