This time a week ago, I was in Norway preparing to eat a home-cooked meal at the family home of my friend Camilla. I stayed with Camilla at her flat in Oslo all weekend, but Sunday night we made the trip up to Bærum to see her family. We decided in advance that we would make krumkake – trying out the recipe in The Great Scandinavian Baking Book, of course – for her family as a thank you and an opportunity to get a head start on the holiday season.

Krumkaker are absolutely a Norwegian Christmas tradition, and one that many of my Norwegian American friends grew up with. They’re made using a krumkakejern, or krumkake iron, much like a waffle iron but covered in beautiful patterns. Traditional irons are used on the stovetop and must be flipped to ensure that both sides are fully cooked, but Camilla’s family has a modern electric version.

Once each krumkake is done cooking, you remove it from the iron and roll it around a small cone (or sometimes a cylinder) and let it cool on a rack. The result, to American eyes, looks a lot like a fancy waffle cone for ice cream (and in fact, the Parfait ice cream truck in Seattle uses a krumkakejern to make their waffle cones!). I’ve always had krumkake with whipped cream and fruit, but we made multekrem for our krumkaker at Camilla’s, or cloudberry cream. Cloudberries are arctic berries that grow around marshes in mountainous regions and are quite popular in Norway. Camilla whipped up the cream with some cloudberry jam and we were ready to go!

While I think the krumkaker could have been better – I may have whipped too much air into the batter before they went onto the iron – it’s hard to really mess them up too much and the finished cookies were a hit with everyone. Camilla’s father asked me, as we filled our krumkaker with multekrem and sipped on black coffee, “When are you coming back to make more cakes?”

So, well done, Great Scandinavian Baking Book. Your recipe passed the test with true Norwegians and I’ve got an open invite to come back to Oslo and do some more baking.

Camilla and I take our krumkake-making very seriously

store egg = large eggs

creaming the butter and sugar

krumkaker cooling

krumkaker, multekrem, og kaffe


8 thoughts on “krumkake

  1. I have a long history with Krumkake. We used to have it every year. I enjoyed watching guests who had never had it before try it… and then watch it crumble all over the place when they bit in the first time. HA HA HA. There was a Norwegian woman at my church who made them one year and I commented on how good they were. Being the wonderful lady she was, she then made me a tin EVERY YEAR! Amazing. I looked forward to Christmas every year when I would get the tin full of them. Unfortunately my parents made me share with everyone.

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  2. I make these every year here in California. My Norwegian grandmother gave me my iron because my wife is Italian and she wanted a more Nordic Christmas, HA!

  3. i have aHalloween cookout with cookies and hot cider and beef soup and dumplings and my new neighbors came with their son.They told me they”d bring me krumkake on Christmas and i kinda thought “hummm;we”ll see if That happens (:. Well, the little guy just came to my door bearing Krumkake!!!!!!!!!! wow!soooo beautiful.Some people Do mean what they say!!!!!! How lovely!!!!!

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