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  • brune pinne Norwegian Christmas cookies

    Brune Pinner (Norwegian Christmas Cookies)

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    Norwegians typically make seven types of cookies for Christmas (7 slag til jul). Each family will have its own favorites, but there are a few traditional cookies that make it in most people’s seven, including krumkaker, fattigmann, and brune pinner. Brune pinner, or “brown sticks,” are sliced cookies that are crispy on the edges and soft on the inside, spiced with cinnamon and cloves and topped with sugar and sometimes chopped almonds, or other nuts. They’re a bit like Swedish chokladsnittar and Swedish cardamom cookies, except instead of chocolate or cardamom, brune pinner feature Christmas spices and nuts. Actually Norwegians…

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  • Riskrem (Norwegian Rice Pudding)

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    I’m a big fan of leftovers, so I love that one of the main Norwegian Christmas desserts is made from leftover risgrøt (rice porridge) on Christmas. Norwegians eat rice porridge for lunch on Christmas Eve, and then we’ll use mix the leftover porridge with whipped cream to make rice pudding…

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  • Risgrøt (Norwegian Rice Porridge)

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    Thanksgiving is over and it has even snowed in Bergen now, so I’m in full Christmas mode over here. I’ve of course been baking lots of my favorite Scandinavian Christmas cookies, but another Christmas favorite of mine is risgrøt (also risengrynsgrøt), or Norwegian rice porridge. Risgrøt is a Norwegian rice…

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  • Norwegian Fattigmann (Poor Man’s Cookies)

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    Fattigmann, or “poor man’s cookies,” are some of the most nostalgic Norwegian Christmas cookies for me. When I ate the first fattigmann of this batch it instantly felt like Christmas (it also helps that it snowed in Bergen last night!). Fattigmann are made from a simple cookie dough spiced with cardamom,…

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  • Raspeballer (Norwegian Potato Dumplings)

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    If you’ve been to Norway you might know that Norwegians eat tacos on Friday and sweets on Saturday. And you know what we eat on Thursday? Raspeballer! Actually, many Norwegians make raspeballer at home on Sundays, but most restaurants here will only serve raspeballer on Thursdays. Thursdays used to be…

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  • Classic Norwegian Kransekake

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    I’ve already shared recipes for most of my favorite Norwegian cakes, including suksessterte, fyrstekake, and the world’s best cake. So of course I also had to share a recipe for Norway’s favorite celebratory cake, kransekake, which you’ll see at Christmas, Norwegian weddings, and other celebrations. Kransekake, or “wreath cake,” is…

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