Cookie Extravaganza: Knekk-Kaker

NEVADA BERG One of the great things about holiday baking is that everyone has their own traditions and favorites. These are recipes that span generations, recipes that cross continents, recipes that adapt and evolve in one’s own kitchen. Each recipe has a history and a story. This old-fashioned Norwegian Christmas cookie was first shared with me by my friend, Anne Lise, who credits it back to her bestefar. “Knekk” refers to the caramel aspect of the cookie. As they bake, the sugar and syrup melt and break down giving these cookies their distinct caramel scent and taste while the oats almost fade away, providing bulk and substance. Knekk-kaker are thin and crispy, yet they can be faintly chewy to
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Nevada Berg

Nevada Berg, based in Numedal, Norway, is the author of the award-winning cookbook North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway, and she publishes recipes on her blog of the same name. Learn more at

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