Cookie Extravaganza: Sandkaker

The Great Norwegian Christmas Cookie Extravaganza!


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The perennial favorite sandkaker, also known as sandbakkelse, keep well in a cookie tin for weeks


Sandkaker (also known as sandbakkelse) are one of the many cookies enjoyed from my childhood, along with krumkaker, berlinerkranser, serinakaker, and more. I use my mother’s sandkaker tins of various shapes, and I use them all. I generally serve them as is. But I have on occasion, including bridals showers for my daughters, served them with custard and fruit, which is very good!
When baking the sandkaker, I have found it best to place the filled tins on a pizza pan (with the holes) rather than a cookie sheet to allow for a better base bake. I store them in the freezer to keep fresh until ready to arrange cookie basket presents.


Makes 48-50

2 1/4 sticks butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup ground almonds
3 cups + 3 tbsps. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

Special equipment:
Sandbakkelse tins (These are available at Scandinavian stores and well-stocked kitchen stores. They may also be sold as tartlet pans or petit four molds.)

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients and stir on low until combined. Bring together the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Pinch off a little bit of the dough and roll into a ball about ¾-inch in diameter. Place into the center of the mold, and use your thumbs to flatten it into the tin.
  3. Bake at 375°F, 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. If using a variety of shapes, the number of cookies may vary.


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The Great Norwegian Christmas Cookie Extravaganza


This article originally appeared in the Nov. 27, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American.

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Barbara Kronborg-Mogil

Barbra Kronborg-Mogil is active in the Chicago area’s Norwegian community, including Minnekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Leikarringen Folk Dancers, the Norwegian National League, and the Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge.