Norwegian Cookies

Since I’ve already shared two cookie recipes with you this week, I figured why not go for another? Especially since this cookie is my absolute favorite.

I’ve been eating this cookies for as long as I can remember and I’ve been helping my mom make them for almost as long. These cookies are special and we only get to have them about once a year. I think what’s so special about these cookies is that you can only make one at a time.

I know, it sounds crazy, but trust me. These cookies are worth every minute and every bead of sweat. As you can see, our krumkake iron is older than I am; but that just makes this whole process that much more special and meaningful.

There are so many stories to be told about the making and eating of these cookies. I have to say, the most enjoyable part is in the making of them. While you can definitely make these alone, in my family, we see it as a two person job; usually me and one of my sisters. We usually only make these around the holidays, so two (if not all three of us sisters) will be seated at the kitchen stove, laughing and talking, singing Christmas songs.

I think that’s why these cookies taste so great. Because you know they’re being created around laughter, fun and love; it sounds cheesy but it’s true. I love making these cookies with my sisters. True Story: the first time my sister and I made these alone, my parents were out and trusted us to make them alone. Well, we may have set the burner on fire.

Our parents had to rush back and were reluctant to let us continue baking. Needless to say, we thought we were never going to be allowed to bake them again. But we continue to find ourselves each Christmas season, in the kitchen burning our fingers making these. This past Christmas, I was stuck at school until the 23rd of December. The only thing that upset me was that I was going to miss the making of all our cookies.

While I missed the baking of all the many other Christmas cookies, my family saved this one for me. Even with all the million things we all had to do on Christmas Eve, we were able to squeeze in our Norwegian Cookie tradition. So, while I may claim that this or that cookie is my favorite, these cookies will always have an extra special place in my heart.

Norwegian Cookies

1/4 lb. butter, melted
1 c. sugar
1 c. flour
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
warm water
krumkake iron (a petzel iron might work too)

In a small pan on the stove, melt butter and mix in sugar; Mix together well. Transfer butter and sugar mixture to another bowl and add flour, eggs and vanilla. Once all is combined, slowly add warm water to make thin batter.

Place the krumkake iron on top of stove burner; turn to medium low heat. Wait for the iron to heat up; test by dropping a few drops of water on the surface of the iron, if the water sizzles and jumps across the surface, it’s ready. Using a small ladle, spoon a little bit of batter onto the surface of the iron, slowly closing the top. Make sure not to spoon to much batter, as it will leak out the sides of the iron. Flip the iron over to cook other side of the cookie, about 1 minute on each side. When cookie is golden brown, using a knife, gently lift the cookie out of the iron and quickly roll the cookie using the wooden cone. Set cookie aside to cool; repeat with remaining batter.

Cookies are fragile, so when storing them, gently place in a tin or Tupperware and cover with wax paper or saran wrap.

These are cookies made with love.