Krumkake (with various spellings) and spritz (sprits) are two more cookies in the Norwegian cook's holiday
arsenal. To make krumkake, one must invest in a krumkake iron and cone form. To make spritz, one needs a simpler and less expensive tool, the cookie press.
KRUMKAKE IRON AND CONE FORM
There are two kinds of krumkake irons, the old-fashioned stove-top kind, and the electric iron. Surprisingly, there's not much different in the price - about $45 for the stove-top version, and $50 for the electric iron. Both leave a pretty, intricate pattern on the pastry. And either way, the hot krumkake is immediately rolled onto the cone form until it hardens.
YOU CAN FILL YOUR KRUMKAKE WITH
OR WHIPPED CREAM AND FRUIT!
NORWEGIAN SPRITZ OR SPRITS
In a previous post I said that Norwegian Christmas cookies are all made with similar, simple ingredients, and that it's the presentation that counts. There could be no better example than spritz, or sprits, made only with butter, eggs, sugar and flour and squeezed out through a spritz press.
A spritz press costs about $17.00 at Scandinavian import shops or on amazon.com.
SCANDINAVIAN SPRITZ COOKIES
1 pound butter
1 cup sugar
5 cups flour
Mix well and put through a cookie press. Bake in a moderate oven until lightly browned. Leave plain or top with colored sugars, nonpareils, dragees or candy sprinkles. Add a maraschino cherry to the middle if desired.