Recipe: Serinakaker

Serinakaker are a traditional Norwegian cookie served during Jul (Christmas). These buttery cookies are like a cross between shortbread and sugar cookies – rich and delicate. Their simple nature disguises their incredible flavor.


Makes about 12 dozen


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup pearl sugar, or coarsely crushed sugar cubes



Beat together 1 egg and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Sift in flour and baking powder and add butter. Beat on low speed until mixture forms a dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 1 hour.



Preheat oven to 350°F.



Lightly beat remaining egg. Roll level teaspoons of dough into balls and arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press thumb into center of each ball to flatten, leaving a depression, and brush lightly with egg. Sprinkle crushed sugar in centers and bake in batches in middle of oven until golden, 12 to 18 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.

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