These easy Norwegian Christmas Cookies are a crispy, cinnamon cookie, known as Brune Pinner. They are a delicious Scandinavian treat that my family loves.
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The holidays have always been a time for traditions in our family. There’s something comforting about making the same things every year while reminiscing and tell stories about Christmases past.
To honor the Italian side, we always make homemade pasta, Italian Anisette Cookies, and Pizzelles, flat anise-flavored cookies made with a pizzelle iron.
For the Norwegian side, I make Kringle, a cinnamon sweet bread we serve on Christmas morning, and these Norwegian Christmas Cookies called Brune Pinner, which loosely translates to “brown sticks”. I’ve also tried making traditional Kransekake (a gorgeous Norwegian wreath cake) but the results were disastrous.
I remember the first time I had these Norwegian Christmas Cookies. My aunt and uncle were visiting from Norway during the holidays. My aunt had made these cookies and brought them with her. Her carry-on luggage is always filled with delicious homemade Norwegian treats. I took one bite and knew I had to learn to make these cookies.
I had to make a few tweaks to her original recipe to accommodate ingredients that aren’t easily found in the States. But the result was just as good. These cookies are light and crispy with warm cinnamon and vanilla flavors. And, I love the crunch from the chopped almonds on the tip and the sweetness from the sanding sugar.
Because this recipe are fairly simple, it’s important that you use good quality ingredients. It ensures that your recipes have the best flavor possible. I always use McCormick® seasonings and flavorings in my recipes. I know I can count on the quality and flavor. I used McCormick Ground Cinnamon in this recipe.
As soon as I opened the bottle the cinnamon aroma makes me remember baking with my grandmothers. I just love how scents can immediately transport you back in time like that.
These cookies help keep me connected to my Norwegian heritage. But, even if you’re not Norwegian, you should try adding this easy cookie recipe to your Christmas cookie platter. They go perfectly with a big cup of tea.
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Norwegian Christmas Cookies
- 14 tablespoons butter - room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup sanding sugar
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
- Add egg yolks, honey and vanilla and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.
- Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients, until fully combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop to form batter into balls.
- Place on cookie sheets; Cookies will spread out a lot, leave plenty of room between.
- Whip egg whites in a small bowl until broken up.
- Brush egg whites on to top of cookies.
- Sprinkle sanding sugar and chopped almonds on top.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes; cookies will spread out.
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