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  • Swedish tosca cake

    Tosca Cake (Swedish Almond Cake)

    Silvia

    Swedes take their fika coffee and cake break very seriously, so it’s no surprise Sweden is home to so many incredible cakes. And one of those cakes is toscakaka, or tosca cake. Tosca cake is a light sponge cake with a crispy caramelized almond topping. It sort of tastes like sponge cake with a huge almond lace cookie on top, which is heaven for me because I really love almond lace cookies. See my recipe for almond lace cookies here. Apparently tosca cake is considered a retro cake these days. In fact when I told my mom that I had…

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  • Swedish Semlor (Fat Tuesday Buns)

    Silvia

    Swedes celebrate Fettisdagen, or Fat Tuesday, with the most delicious semlor. Semlor are sweet buns spiced with cardamom and filled with almond paste (or jam, if you prefer) and whipped cream. While they’re most popular to eat before Lent, semlor are so beloved in Sweden that you’ll now see them…

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  • Norwegian Almond Kringle

    Silvia

    A kringle (also called klippekrans in Norway) is a yeast based pastry filled with cinnamon sugar, sort of like a wreath of connected cinnamon buns. In fact I developed this recipe from my kanelboller (Norwegian cinnamon rolls) recipe. This almond kringle is also filled with ground almonds, though you can…

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  • Brune Pinner (Norwegian Christmas Cookies)

    Silvia

    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…

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  • Brunkager (Danish Christmas Cookies)

    Silvia

    If you ask a Dane about classic Danish Christmas cookies, I’m sure they’ll mention brunkager, or “brown cookies,” which are a crispy gingerbread cookie with almonds, spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. They’re sort of like a larger version of pebernødder, except with almonds. Personally my favorite Danish Christmas cookies…

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  • Sarah Bernhardt Cookies with Yellow Cream

    Silvia

    Sarah Bernhardt cookies are perhaps my favorite Scandinavian cookies. I love any almond based dessert, and Sarah Bernhardt cookies feature the perfect combination of a soft almond cookie topped with a velvety milk chocolate cream dipped in dark chocolate. Well, it’s an almost perfect combination. I love the history of…

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