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Thumbprint Cookies Are a Norwegian Tradition

One of my good friends was recently explaining how much she missed her Norwegian grandmother's Christmas cookies. She recalled them as a simple butter cookie marked by her grandmother's thumbprint and sprinkled in sugar. I took note of all of the details and luckily, I was able to find a recipe that matched her description.

I gathered up all of the ingredients and got to work. These treats turned out to be simple and dense butter cookies, perfect for a quick dip in a cup of coffee. While the thumbprint was not her grandmother's, she was thrilled to receive a plate full of such a familiar cookie. If you want to give these traditional Scandinavian cookies a try for your holiday,

Norwegian Christmas Cookies

Norwegian Christmas Cookies

Norwegian Christmas Cookies


2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar cubes, coarsely crushed, or pearl sugar or raw sugar


  1. Beat together 1 egg and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and pale.
  2. Sift in flour and baking powder and add butter. Beat on low speed until mixture forms a dough.
  3. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Lightly beat remaining egg. Roll level 1 1/2 teaspoons of dough into balls and arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. 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.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

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carmabelle carmabelle 3 years 31 weeks
these were amazing!
hannegee hannegee 4 years 38 weeks
omg, this just made me cry a bit! Im soooo homesick :( they're called serina cookies in Norway..and my mom makes them...maybe i'll make them tomorrow ( even though making cookies in extreme heat isnt a good in Sydney..) God JUL!! (merry xmas)
4 years 38 weeks
It makes 4 dozen cookies beragirl! That's a lotta cookies! And not everything has to be low-fat! Also, I might attempt to make these for my Sister in Law from Norway... And I am in Australia, thank you very much for clearing up the whole stick of butter thing :)
bereagirl bereagirl 4 years 38 weeks
3 sticks of butter!!!! That is way too much fat!
komler komler 4 years 38 weeks
Sarke, I think it is some sort of mutation off Serina cookies. The ingredients seem the same (though judging from measurements cups vs. gram I can't say for sure). We would usually use a fork to squish it down, have on sugar and chopped almonds on top.
lauren lauren 4 years 38 weeks
My oldemor(great-grandmother) used to make these a long time ago! I am sure it is an older recipe.
4 years 38 weeks
HI! I'm norwegian and I have never heard about these cookies. They are not traditonal norwegian these days. But they look good. Maybe I should try them and spread the word?
POPSUGAR-Food POPSUGAR-Food 4 years 38 weeks
Sorry about that my mistake, I should have put it in cups at the very least. One stick is 1/2 cup, so the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cup butter. Hope that helps and these cookies are tasty!!!!
thehabra thehabra 4 years 39 weeks
is* 113 grams
thehabra thehabra 4 years 39 weeks
1 stick of butter us 113 grams.
4 years 39 weeks
My mother had a recipe for the Santa Thumbprint cookies, not sure what all ingredient's are but I do know b4 you put the thumbprint roll in coconut then after placing your thumb in center add about a TBS of favorite jelly, mine is strawberry but grape is pretty good too. I think you all would enjoy those better! :) I know I have as a child and now as adult and my children LOVE 'EM! God Bless you all and have a Merry Christmas!
Iveenia Iveenia 4 years 39 weeks
Yes - dear YumSugar - pls let me know how much in grams one stick of butter is :) sorry - in Europe (the big part of it) we calculate in grams and kilos - only the UK is calculating like you in the States - forgive my ignorance :OOPS: The cup is ok - that i found yet EVERY country has its own measures with Butter (sticks) :) and they sound toooooooooooo yummy :DROOL: that is why i wish to know - so i can bake them myself ;)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 4 years 39 weeks
I have a question- your sticks of butter look like 1/2 sticks. So is it 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter, ie is it 3 half sticks? Also, is it sweet butter? unsalted? salted?
Spectra Spectra 4 years 39 weeks
We used to make these, except that we used peanut butter in them instead of butter. Either way, they sound delicious.