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Norway has a rich tradition of Christmas and holiday cookies and baked goods. In fact, it is traditional to serve “the 7 Christmas cookies” at Christmas, although which 7 make this list can vary between families. Some of the recipes in this list are a part of a Norwegian-American tradition whose Norwegian roots are disputed in Norway. The very popular Kringla is one. I have loads of anecdotal references to this recipe being handed down by a “Norwegian great grandmother” but discussing that recipe with a Norwegian cultural historian and several Norwegian foodies, it appears the Kringla cookie is mostly unknown in Norway, or if it’s known at all, they consider it an American cookie. This is not to say that the cookies are NOT of Norwegian origin, but perhaps that they only became traditional among families once they crossed the pond. If I am aware that this is the case for any of the recipes below, the recipe notes will state that.

Cookie Iron / Waffle Cookies
Goro
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Goro

Goro cookies are a beautiful waffle cookie from Norway that are made with a special iron.

Beverages
Hot Mulled Wine
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Hot Mulled Wine

A hot drink made with red wine enhanced with orange, a variety of spices, and sugar.

Hand-Shaped Cookies
Kringla I
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Kringla I

Swedish or Norwegian soft cookie shaped into a figure-8. Pretzel shapes are also common.

Rosettes
Fried Cookies
Rosettes
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Rosettes

A thin, cookie-like deep-fried pastry of Scandinavian origin made using intricately designed irons.