Recipes on this site:
Almond Stamped Cookies
Scandinavian taste treat: cardamom almond flavored cookies dressed up by
pressing them with a cookie stamp.
Serinakaker (Serina Cookies)
Butter-rich, delicate Norwegian cookie, topped with chopped almonds or your
choice of other toppings fit for the occasion.
Hannah's Sugar Cookies
A simple sugar cookie to cut out with cookie cutters. Flavored with cardamom
and almond extract.
Recipes on the Net:
Danish round pancakes, often with apple filling. These four recipe variations
are on the site of Sweet Celebrations, which also sells the special pans that
make this cake-like treat easy to make.
This macaroon is made with finely ground almonds, no coconut. (Try making it
with "almond flour" if you can find it: already-prepared very finely
Use a cookie stamp to press a design into these simple butter cookies made with
anise seed and anise extract.
Black and White
Pinwheels (link not working)
In the middle of this article on a "cool way to make cookies" (prepare
the dough logs ahead of time and freeze them for later baking!), you'll find a
recipe for cardamom-flavored cookies with a layer of white and a layer of
chocolate dough, rolled to form a pinwheel.
and White Pinwheels
The article above seems to have disappeared; for those who want some sort of
black and white pinwheel cookies, try this non-cardamom-flavored version, or add
about a quarter teaspoon of ground cardamom with the vanilla extract. Or try
Roll the dough logs in chopped walnuts before slicing them and baking the
cookies. Brysells means "Brussels" in Swedish.
Buttery Old Fashioned
The dough is rolled out in thin strips, then two strips are woven together to
make three-inch wreaths. Very rich cookie.
Flavored with cardamom, nutmeg, lemon peel and almonds - use your cookie cutters
to shape them for holidays or other seasons.
Adaptation of a Swedish filled cookie recipe, using blue sugar for the
star-shaped sandwiches and yellow sugar for the fluted circle-shaped ones
Thin cinnamon-sugar dusted cookies. Note: directions fail to mention that you
should fold the chopped walnuts into the cookie dough after blending in the rest
of the ingredients.
A source for Scandinavian-style cookie stamps.
This lemon-flavored butter cookie is baked by placing balls of the dough on the
cookie sheet, then sprinkling with chopped nuts.
A Swedish favorite. Uses baker's ammonia, available online or at your local
pharmacy. The smell during baking may be awful but the results are well worth
The name's a humorous one: "poor man" cookies. With the cream and
brandy, it's far from that! A deep-fried cookie, cut in a diamond shape with a
slit, then one end pulled through the slit to form a knot.
Another recipe for the Scandinavian favorite, a fried cookie, cut in a diamond
shape with one end pulled through a slit in the middle to form a knot.
From Gourmet, 1998. This is a very popular cookie at Christmas. You can buy
pepparkakor in many groceries but nothing quite matches the homemade version.
(Honey Spice Cake Cookies)
Rolled and cut with cookie cutters. These gingerbread-like cookies are flavored
with cinnamon, cloves, citrus, rum, and are made with honey and finely-chopped
A sour cream cookie (no butter), shaped into figure 8's.
Instructions for seasoning a cast iron krumkake iron, plus recipes for lemon
krumkake and cardamom krumkake. From Sweet Celebrations (aka Maid of
Scandinavia), which has krumkake irons for sale.
Recipe from Land O' Lakes. This variation on traditional krumkake uses grated
lemon peel for flavoring.
Sweet almond-and-orange flavored cookies with a lemon-orange glaze.
Spiced Gingerbread Cookies
Land O' Lakes provides this update on traditional gingerbread cookies. The
orange peel gives it a very Scandinavian flavor.
The sugar gives these cookies their sandy texture and the sprinkle of cinnamon
gives them the tan color.
Buttery almond cookies baked in special baking tins. Use almond flour if you can
find it to save time grinding your own almonds. Scroll down the page to find
A Norwegian cookie popular at Christmas, this recipe is from Gourmet, December
1999. A simple cookie with a little baking powder in the dough, it's claim to
fame is the thumbprint in the center, brushed with egg, and dusted with coarse
A Swedish version of an international favorite. Originally from House and
A bit like pepparkakor or ginger cookies, these are cut in triangles with some
sliced almonds on top.
A German cookie, pressed into a mold with designs or imprinted by a rolling pin
with the designs carved into it. Anise flavored.
A favorite not just in Sweden! Use a cookie press to make stars, S-shapes,
wreath circles or newer shapes like Christmas trees and bells. You can color the
dough lightly in red and green for variety.
Another simple Spritz recipe, from Sweet Celebrations (which also has cookie
presses for sale).
An update on a Swedish cookie-press classic: use peanut butter in the dough.
A bar cookie with almond frosting.
Swedish Sugar Cookies
A simple recipe for rolled dough you can cut into shapes.
(Swedish Sandwich Cookies)
These buttery almond cookies use currant (or strawberry) jelly as glue between
one round and one scalloped cookie.
Light Norwegian cookies, much like an almond macaroon. Traditionally shaped (by
hand) into stars.