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Course: Hand-shaped CookiesCuisine: NorwegianDifficulty: Medium



“Berlin Wreaths” are, surprisingly, a traditional Norwegian sugar cookie, in spite of their name! They are buttery and delicate and one of the most popular holiday treats in Norway. In the English-speaking world these are sometimes called “Norwegian Wreath Cookies”.


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • 1 hard cooked egg yolk, pressed through a seive

  • 1 raw egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 slightly beaten egg white

  • 1/3 cup (14) sugar cubes, crushed, or large-grained rock sugar


  • Beat butter for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in flour. Cover and chill one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Work with a small amount of dough at a time, keeping the rest chilled until needed. Using about one tablespoon of dough for each cookie, roll into six inch ropes. Shape each rope into a wreath, overlapping (form a cross) about 1 inch from the ends.
  • Brush with egg white. Sprinkle with crushed sugar cubes. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 – 17 minutes or until golden. Cool about one minute before removing to a wire rack.


  • Photo by MatPrat/Mari Svenningsen under MatPrat license.



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My Great Grandmother was from Norway and made them just like this with the sugar cubes. Love them and they are my most prized Christmas cookie recipe.
- Christine

I make these every Christmas and put a half marchino cherry where the dough crosses. They are beautiful and disappear quickly.
- A Baker

Loved these! Not to sweet but they grow on you and soon you can't stop eating them. Yummy!
- Theresa

These cookies are absolutely the best!!! My grandmother used to make these for Christmas every year along with several other deserts. These were always my favorites!!! Melt in your mouth nothing tastes quite like them.... FANTASTIC
- A Baker
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