I come from a heritage of Scandinavian bakers. And my husband is Swedish. What's a girl to do, but bake? I have my grandmother's set of Sandbakkel tins (sand tarts) which is one of my most cherished possessions. They are a putzy, labor-intensive cookie to bake, but they are so delicious and delicate and perfect that I made oodles of them. Then, I carefully pack a box of them and ship them to Florida to my dear daddy. It was his mother, after all, and I am pretty sure they bless his Norwegian heart.
Another favorite is Kringler. It's more of a pastry than a cookie, but it must be made at least once during Christmas. Let's just say butter, flour, sugar, eggs, almond extract and sliced almonds have never known such glory. A cup of coffee has never been so elevated as when accompanied by a slice (or three) of Kringler.
So here's the master list. As I bake, I'll publish recipes, and if the teenager complies, this blogger just might start posting pictures. Warning: if you bake and eat the following items and do not compensate by intense exercise, your backside will expand. You've been told, now you're on your own.
Decorated Sugar Cookies
Pepperkaker (Norwegian Gingerbread)
Peanut Butter Balls
Candy Cane Truffles
Bark (several varieties)
Stock up on your butter, flour and sugar, and STAY TUNED!