Christmas/ Dessert/ Holiday/Themed

Kringla

Kringla ~ A Norwegian holiday cookie dipped in chocolate, the perfect mate for your milk, cocoa, or coffee.
Kringla ~ A Norwegian holiday cookie dipped in chocolate, the perfect mate for your milk, cocoa, or coffee ~ The Complete SavoristIt appears I have been bit by the baking bug.  I have done more baking in the past two months than I have done in the past decade.  I love it.  I am no longer afraid of all those fluffy white ingredients known to you as flour, baking soda, baking powder, etc.

The conversation of cookies came up and I asked a friend what cookies he loved most over the holidays.  He said he loved his grandmother’s kringla.  In my mind, I went to a holiday cookie Mom2 makes, but as he described it, there was no resemblance to the cookie in my mind to the one he was reminiscing over.

Now, here’s the thing, I made this cookie basically for him.  I love making the foods people love. But I had no idea what it was.  Sure, I researched it, but I have never had one pass my lips. No idea how the taste should be or the consistency of the dough.  As I mixed the ingredients, I knew it was going to be amazing because I couldn’t stop eating the dough.

After they were baked and I ate my first one, I was in love.  It was a cross between a cookie and a biscuit. It was crumbly and lightly sweet. It is similar to a sugar cookie, but of course, not exactly a sugar cookie.

And since I can’t leave well enough alone, I decided dipping the bottoms in chocolate was the right thing to do. I melted a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and dipped the bottoms of each cookie in the melted chocolate, let them harden and then fell in love all over again.

Oh, and my friend loved the cookies. He ate more than his fair share. Since he enjoyed them, I call them a success, after all, I was going up against a ‘grandmother food memory.’  And those are hard to even get near.

Kringla

Author: Michelle
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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs; room temp
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter; softened
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp . vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp . salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp . baking soda
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together. Set aside
  2. Using a hand or stand mixer, combine the sugar and butter until crumbly.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time-until completely combined.
  4. Add the vanilla, buttermilk, and sour cream.
  5. Once the wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add the dry ingredients, about a quarter cup at a time.
  6. After the dry ingredients have been incorporated, cover and chill for 2-24 hours.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and cut into strips or ropes.
  9. Twist each rope into a pretzel or figure 8 shape.
  10. Bake for about 5 minutes, the bottoms will brown and the tops will remain light.
  11. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  12. While cooling, using the double boiler method or the microwave, melt the chocolate chips.
  13. Dip each cookie bottom in the chocolate and place topside down on wax paper. Allow the chocolate to re-harden and serve.

Kringla ~ A Norwegian holiday cookie dipped in chocolate, the perfect mate for your milk, cocoa, or coffee ~ The Complete Savorist

Kringla ~ A Norwegian holiday cookie dipped in chocolate, the perfect mate for your milk, cocoa, or coffee ~ The Complete SavoristKringla ~ A Norwegian holiday cookie dipped in chocolate, the perfect mate for your milk, cocoa, or coffee ~ The Complete Savorist

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62 Comments

  • Reply
    Aggie
    December 18, 2014 at 4:19 am

    I love that you made this for a friend based on their childhood memories! So sweet of you, and I totally get it!! I love cooking for others…and even more so when it’s something special to them. These cookies look great, I love that you dipped them in chocolate 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Thank you Aggie. The recipe is fantastic, but I didn’t find them as visually appealing as I would have liked, I am still in the novice baker category. But he and others gave them the thumbs up, so I went with the post. And chocolate just makes everything better.

      • Reply
        Judyth Neuzil
        February 3, 2019 at 11:01 pm

        Michelle, when my Norwegian family made kringla the two ends were brought up just to touch the main part -the cookie looked like a capital letter B. They kept the shape and looked more like a pretzel. You might find that more visually appealing, especially when dipped in chocolate.

        • Reply
          Michelle De La Cerda
          February 7, 2019 at 7:19 pm

          Judith, Thank you for that tip. I plan on remaking these for next Christmas. Both my baking and photography skills have improved since I originally made these. I will give your B tip a try.

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    December 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I might have to try these for my daughters Frozen themed birthday party. I may be a little crazy but I thought I’d try to make a bunch of Norwegian food…. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      You are one awesome mom! These are really tasty. Different than how we come to expect our holiday cookies, but still really good. Good luck with all the Norwegian food! Do a post about it!!!

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    Lovefoodies
    December 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    5 stars
    These cookies look wonderful Michelle. Reading the ingredients I imagine them to be very close to the spritz cookie we get here in Europe. If that is the case… then yep…. I will LOVE LOVE LOVE these!
    You made them look so pretty too with the chocolate. Next time you can bake me some too 🙂 !!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you so much. I am confident in my savory cooking skills, but my baking skills, while I am competent, I still have a lot to learn. I want to know what a spritz cookie is now. Nothing quite learning to enhance one’s baking skills with items one has never tasted before. I’m just that crazy.

  • Reply
    Debi @ Life Currents
    December 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    These look great! And I bet the sour cream makes them tasty and gives a great texture to them. Perfect for a cookie exchange!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you Debi. They are hearty, but they do not stand up to being run over by a car…we had that happen.

  • Reply
    Janette@culinaryginger
    December 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    5 stars
    What beautiful sweet treats. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy
    December 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    They are just beautiful! I love the chocolate dipped bottoms!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you Jen! Anything dipped in chocolate is just that much better.

  • Reply
    Del's cooking twist
    December 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Exactly my kind of cookies. They look delish!

  • Reply
    cristina
    December 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    A cross between cookie and biscuit and dipped in chocolate…just delicious and beautiful presentation too!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you Cristina!

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    December 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I haven’t heard of Kringla, but glad you educated me. Fun word to say and looks like a great holiday treat!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      I love fun words too. I try to say it with the best Norwegian accent I can muster, and it some how comes out sounding like I am a Brit from Minnesota.

  • Reply
    Kristen
    December 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I haven’t ever had kringla, either, but I admire you for making them for your friend. Shaped cookies can be pretty tricky, especially when you want them to turn out like someone else remembers them to be!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, can you imagine how she must have perfected them over the years…Too much pressure. But he loved them. 🙂

  • Reply
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
    December 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had this type of cookie, but I’d love to try it. Looks good!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I’ve seen your work, you will do an amazing job with them!

  • Reply
    Nicky
    December 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I make my grandmother’s recipe for Kringla and it’s pretty close to yours. They are delicious. I never thought to add chocolate. I will have to try that the next time I make them.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Ok, so your familiar with them…what about peppermint? I wanted to do that too?

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    December 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Great looking treats here; I’ve never had kringla and if you would like to send some samples our way I would be more than happy to taste test… 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I do need to practice them more…so maybe! 🙂

  • Reply
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    December 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    What I love most about cooking and baking is how the foods or the history of the recipes bring us together. We make memories and like the Kringla, make friends and/or loved ones happy. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and your recipe.

    Happy Holiday!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Joanne! Food truly is special that way.

  • Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    December 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    G’day Wow these look great and thanks for allowing me to learn something new
    Cheers! Joanne

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Joanne for stopping by. They are truly tasty.

  • Reply
    Tara
    December 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    5 stars
    These are so pretty and festive, love them!!

  • Reply
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    December 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Such a fun shape. Love that you dipped the bottom in chocolate.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Chocolate makes everything better.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    December 18, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I had never heard of Kringla before. I can’t wait to try them now.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 19, 2014 at 12:05 am

      They are different but really good. Hope you enjoy them HT!

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
    December 19, 2014 at 6:08 am

    These cookies look wonderful! I love authentic cookies, I’ll need to try them. Yum!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you Kelly, they are truly wonderful tasting.

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    Erica (@Erica's Recipes)
    December 19, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I have never heard of kringla – they look tasty and fun to make! My kids would love these

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      They are fun, and different. Enjoy.

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    December 19, 2014 at 7:51 am

    they turned out wonderful!!

  • Reply
    peter @feedyoursoultoo
    December 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Never heard this name before. Anyways, I am eating a whole bunch.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Enjoy Peter…holiday cookies are the best.

  • Reply
    Katerina
    December 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    That chocolate bottom is all the money!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Completely agree Katerina!

  • Reply
    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    January 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I haven’t done much baking in the past either and can relate! This looks delicious! It doesn’t have to be Christmas to make these does it? They look too good for once a year! 😀

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I eat pumpkin pie all year around, so I’m going with no, eat them whenever. 🙂 But I eat soup in the summer and grill in the snow, so I am just quirky like that.

  • Reply
    Sylvie
    December 2, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Sounds like you got it right on the money, I’m sure your hard work was much appreciated!

  • Reply
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    December 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    These look amazing! I thought they sounded Swedish so I looked them up and they appear to be more Norwegian but they also have them in Sweden. I’ve lived in Sweden twice and nobody ever gave me some kringla to try. Bad host parents / friends! 😉

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    Amy Stafford
    December 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I AM ON A BAKIGN BONANZA RIGHT NOW, AND THESE NEED TO BE ADDED TO MY LIST. SUCH A FESTIVE HOLIDAY COOKIE.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      December 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      I am certain yours will look so much better than mine. But you will enjoy them.

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    December 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    These look like the perfect holiday cookies!

  • Reply
    Deb A
    December 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    What a great traditional cookie. You did a great job with them!

  • Reply
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
    December 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    A cross between a cookie and a biscuit thats dipped in chocolate? I’m in!

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    December 6, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve never heard of a kringla before but they look amazing! I love that they are a cross between a cookie and biscuit. Pass a few my way 🙂

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