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    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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  • 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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  • Brunkager (Danish Christmas Cookies)

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    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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  • Pebernødder (Danish Peppernuts Cookies)

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    Christmas lights are beginning to pop up around Bergen, so this morning I decided I can start Christmas baking! I eased in with a simple Scandinavian classic: Danish pebernødder (peppernøtter in Norwegian and pepparnötter in Swedish). Pebernødder are tiny little ginger snap cookies spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and pepper.…

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  • Kanelstang (Danish Cinnamon Twist)

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    I don’t know what your plans are this weekend, but if I may make a suggestion, I think you should bake a kanelstang! A traditional Danish kanelstang is a long cinnamon twist essentially made of a bunch of cinnamon rolls (kanelboller) that are connected on the bottom. You know how…

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  • Solskinnsboller – Norwegian Sun Buns (Solboller)

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    If you’ve been to a Norwegian bakery you’ve probably been overwhelmed by all the delicious cardamom and cinnamon buns on offer. There are traditional kanelboller, cardamom rolls, twisted kanelsnurrer, and of course the classic skolebrød. How are you to choose just one? Lately I’ve found myself most often reaching for…

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