Seven cookies for Christmas

Daytona Strong Taste of Norway Editor I grew up knowing the tradition of the syv slags kaker—or seven sorts of Norwegian Christmas cookies—by taste rather than by name. Krumkaker, sandkaker, spritz, and any number of other buttery cookies—these were the treats my grandmothers made year after year. My memories of Christmastime often take place in the kitchens of my mom and my grandmothers, the heart of the hospitality that pulses through my family. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that my grandmothers’ propensity for holiday baking had a long history. In my research for an article in Edible Seattle last year, I interviewed Dr. Kathleen Stokker, author of Keeping Christmas: Yuletide Traditions in Norway and the New Land. She helped me put in context the spe
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