Making Krumkake Cookies

Whether or not you have Norwegian or Scandinavian ancestry, if you’ve ever tasted the cookie treat called krumkake, you probably look forward to enjoying some of this delicate, sweet, treat during the holidays. This cone-shaped cookie is filled with any number of possible fillings.

Krumkake is fairly simple to make, but you need some special kitchen equipment. An electric Krumkake iron looks like a waffle iron, but cooks the shells with a design in the cookie shell. It is then folded around a cone-shaped wooden peg to form a cone. Once the cookie cools into a crisp cone it is then filled with your favorite filling, such as custard, whipped creme, chocolate, ice cream, or other sweets.

A non-electric hand-held krumkake iron is also a possibility if you’d prefer to do it the old- fashioned way. The iron has two small round metal plates with the designs imprinted into them. They are hinged together on a handle, and you place the iron on a burner to heat it up, add the batter, close the plates and continue to heat until the cookie is done. Remove it from the iron and roll it on the peg into a cone shape. Once cool and crisp, remove from peg and fill with favorite filling.

Here is a recipe for you to try:


1 cup sugar

4 eggs

9 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 tsp. ground cardamom

1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1⁄2 cups flour

2 tbsp. baking powder

Sweetened whipped cream or desired filling

Confectioners’ sugar, to garnish


In a bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs. Whisk in 8 tbsp. butter, cardamom, and vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder into batter; whisk. Heat a krumkake maker; brush with remaining butter. Add 1 heaping tbsp. batter to each mold. Close cover; cook until wafers are golden, 45–60 seconds. Wrap 1 wafer around a krumkake cone; let harden. Remove from cone; repeat. Repeat with remaining batter. Let cool. Pipe cream into krumkakes; dust with sugar.

Makes about two dozen.

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