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Norwegian Cookies

Norwegian Cookies

Norwegian Cookies

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Norwegian Cookies
4.7 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesCuisine: NorwayDifficulty: Easy

A simple butter and walnut sugar cookie decorated with colored sugar.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

  • red and/or green colored sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and extracts; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and nuts and beat until just moistened. Cover and chill until firm enough to handle. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Flatten with a glass dipped in water then colored sugar. Bake until cookies are set, about 8 minutes.


  • With apologies to Norway, there are many different traditional Norwegian cookies, and we don’t know what these particular ones are actually called in Norwegian! If you know, feel free to let us know in a review, below.
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very goodd!! ;)
- A Baker

I made these cookies with unsalted butter and they need salt. So I would suggest using regular butter. Also, the glass stuck to the cookies when I tried to flatten them so I would suggest using a piece of wax paper between the dough and glass, then sprinkle the sugar on them. I don't think I will make them again; I took them to my Sons of Norway Christmas party and nobody even tried one.
- A Baker

These cookies are verry good!
- alalalalala :) in canada

this is one of mine & my family favs.i have been making it for 7-8 years & grandma was born in norway she also loves it(she is 88 years old)
- nilsen in castle creek,n.y. 

I made these cookies for the 1st time this year. They are easy to make, and my grandkids loved them. They are not overly sweet, but very tasty. I may add a little more almond when I make another batch tomorrow.Great with my morning coffee. Thanks
- don in wisconsin

Amazingly good! They taste like a homemade version of keebler's 'pecan sandies'. But like all homemade cookies, they were so much better!
- Faith in Memphis, tN

these are my mine and daughter's favorite christmas cookies. this will be our 3rd year baking them. my grandparents were from norway, but we never had these! these are better than fattigman and krumkake.....
- diane in new jersey

These are great I used them for my cookie exchange at work and got great reviews. Love it!!! Ya hay der!!
- Katie Parkhurst in Chicago

These cookies have become a staple in my house. I love how easy they are and the flavor. They remind me of cookies my Grandmother used to make.
- Kristen in Colorado

Man! I made this for a 6th grade language project and everyone loved it! I might just make them every christmas from now on! YUM!!!YUM!!!YUM!!! THANKS!!!
- Alyssa in Kansas

These cookies are bland and sort of powdery. I now have 20 or 30 cookies in my house no one wants to eat. I don't recommend them.
- A Baker

This is a definite keeper for years to come. My daughter's Girl scout Troop does an anual cookie exchange and I was worried about what to make; then I found your recipe. It's delicious, easy and fun! Instead of the red and green sugar, we used sprinkles---they look festive and my daughter loves the way they turned out. Thank you!!!!!
- A Baker

The recipe was simple to make and was the favorite on the cookie platter. We love the almond and walnut flavor.
- Mary in Madison, Wisconsin

I made these for the first time yesterday. They're like sugar cookies with a kick. The vanilla and almond extracts really make the cookie. I think they're my new favorite. :)
- Stephanie Marino in Philadelphia

I have made these cookies the last two years and of the 5-7 types I make these are always the first gone! I make mine a little different: I make the dough into small bite-size balls, then roll them in a bowl of McCormick's cinnamon-sugar & place them on cookie sheet.
- Kathy Dunkleberger in Maryland 
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