A Norwegian Christmas Recipe

Cmas hops

Hello and welcome to “I’m doing something a little different today”. Maybe you’re a regular and maybe you hopped over from Sarah’s blog (Foxy’s Domestic Side). Either way, I’m glad you’re here!

For our Christmas recipe blog hop at The Blended Blog, I thought I would share a favorite recipe from my growing up years in northern Iowa. My family traces their heritage back to Norway on both sides so our Christmas celebrations were laden with Norwegian food, traditions and even a little native tongue.

I have such great memories of those times at my grandparent’s home with my aunts, uncles and cousins. I feel quite blessed to have such a sweet family. Truth is, much of my generation grew wings and flew to different parts of the states. We haven’t had a family Christmas for longer than I can remember. Plus when the grandparents pass on things typically change. This is life….

But the memories and food live on. One of my favorites pastries of sorts was Kringla. My aunt made them often for Christmas and they were delicious. Now, my cousin Nancy now makes the very best! The woman can cook and bake like no one’s business.

This recipe is very similar to hers and it’s what I’m sharing today. I found it on Facebook and the credits are below.



1/2 cup butter
2 cups sour cream
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla


In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients, set aside.
In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar.
Mix in the sour cream and egg yolks.
A tablespoon at a time, add the dry ingredients until it’s all incorporated.
Cover, and refrigerate the dough overnight.
Once chilled overnight, break off a piece of dough to roll into a rope about 14” long and form into figure eight shapes.

Bake @ 400F for 5 min. (Do not allow to brown, they will end up being dry and overdone.)


image via https://www.facebook.com/norwaymyhome/?pnref=story

Another favorite of mine from northern Iowa is when the trees are frosted and you can see the snow falling. A friend from home posted these pictures on her Facebook. She graciously allowed me to share them. Thanks a bunch, Shellie! I am so grateful for these pictures that represent memories from home.

I definitely get sentimental this time of year. Do you? What do you remember and cherish most about your childhood Christmas? What are the events, smells or sights that remain dear to your heart? I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments.

The next stop on our tour of recipes with The Blended Blog is to Lisa’s blog Daily Style Finds. If Lisa cooks like she styles then you are in for something fabulous! She has the best style and I think she doesn’t everything with exception beauty. Hop on over and she was she has cooking in her kitchen for the holidays.

I truly hope you are enjoying the season. Be blessed and have a lovely day!














  • I didn’t know you were of Norwegian descent! Those cookies look good! Will you make some this season?

    • I doubt I will due to the issue with wheat. My mom is making them and we hope to be there for Christmas. Hopefully, I’ll get to have at least one without it tearing up my tummy.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I did not know that either nor did I realize you’re from northern Iowa and I love all the reminiscing about your growing up years beautiful lady! This recipe sounds divine and how beautiful are these! Happy weekend had sweetness

    • Yep, I’m a Midwest girl at heart living in the Lone Star State! Iowa will always be home!

  • Oh those snow pictures make me smile. I can just picture you bundled up in a ski suit ready to take on the cold weather. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • I’m going to freeze if we actually get to make the trip! My mom said she was stirring these up today! :) YUM!

  • My hubby is Norwegian too, and he always makes krumkake for Christmas. Maybe I’ll surprise him with these!

    • Krumkake is Lindsay’s absolute favorite. My mom would make a double recipe just for her!

  • How fun! I know nothing about Norwegian culture or food but these pastries look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    • I grew up around all Norwegians and I don’t think I’ve found any in Texas.

  • That looks delicious! My grandma used to make Spritz cookies for all of her kids and their families…now that she’s gone I’ve taken on that duty…so many cookies…

    • My mom made those too. I still have her press. Love them but they are time consuming!

  • Thanks for sharing this recipe – I had never heard of them before. Also, those pictures are so calming – and have a nostalgic feel. I loved playing in the snow as a kid – one of my best memories. Do you miss the snow?

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  • Shellie’s photos are stunning. So quiet. So peaceful. I am hopeful we will have a little snow this year. The kringla looks puffy and soft like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Like a cloud. I bet they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.