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Norwegian Christmas Cookies

Norwegian Christmas cookies (serinakaker)

  • Servings: 6 dozen cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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These buttery biscuits have a subtle almond flavour that perfectly complements the pearl sugar sprinkled on top. If you’re looking for a simple Christmas baking recipe, they’re well worth a try.

Ingredients

For the biscuits:

  • 3½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of almond extract
  • 1 large egg

For the topping:

  • 1 lightly whisked egg white
  • Pearl sugar to sprinkle on top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and extracts together until it turns fluffy — should take about three minutes.
  4. Add the egg and keep beating.
  5. Combine this with the flour, baking powder and salt, then mix together into a dough.
  6. Roll the dough out and flatten it, then use cookie cutters to make whatever shapes take your fancy. Do this until all the dough is used up.
  7. Brush the top of each biscuit with some egg white and sprinkle on some pearl sugar to add an extra touch of sweetness.
  8. Place in the oven and bake until they turn golden and are cooked through. Times vary depending on the size and thickness of each cookie but should take around 8 – 12 minutes.
  9. Cool on a tray before eating.

Note — some people also like to add chopped almonds to the recipe. In which case, you’d sprinkle them on alongside the pearl sugar.

Background: Norwegian Christmas cookies (serinakaker)

This Scandinavian recipe is very popular in Norway at Christmas time. And don’t be surprised if your Norwegian friend tries them and decides it’s not as good as their family recipe — it seems every household has their own way of doing it, with family recipes often going back generations.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also like to check out other Norwegian biscuit recipes…of which there are loads!

In fact, there is something called the ‘Seven Sorts’, which refers to seven different cookies and cakes served at Christmas in Norwegian households. There is debate around which recipes actually make the official cut, but for people who love these buttery biscuits, Serinakaker will always make the list!

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