Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kringla

Yesterday I stirred up a batch of one my very favorite Christmas cookies: Kringla! This Norwegian treat is a little tricky to make, so made the dough and stuck in the freezer. Hopefully, that will make it easier to roll the dough into little pretzel shapes.
I'm using a recipe from an old lady that is from the church where I grew up. She gave it to me in 1993 and I stuck in it a handwritten cookbook that I was making as a 4-H project. (I'm sure you would enjoy seeing my very bubbly writing with big dots on all the"i" letters!) At the time, I thought the cookbook was a little bit of a ridiculous project, but obviously my mother really did know best as I am now enjoying pulling out some good (and not so good!) old recipes!

Kringla

1/3 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 scant tsp. soda
2 1/2 c. flour

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and beat until fluffy. Mix in sour cream and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Freeze dough overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take out 1/4 of the dough. Roll about a tablespoon of dough into a pencil thin rope. Shape into a pretzel on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The edges will be barely golden colored.
Store in a air-tight container.
(I'll post a picture of my kringla as soon as I bake a batch today!)

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