Berliner Kranser Cookies

Berliner Kranser Cookies

My friend Kim is of Norwegian decent and has kindly shared this family recipe for Norwegian Christmas Cookies called Berliner Kranser (Berlin Wreaths). “They are a melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies” says Kim.


  • 2 hard-boiled egg yolks (here’s help on how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg)
  • 2 raw egg yolks
  • ½ heaping cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 raw egg whites, beaten
  • Green decorating sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mash together hard and raw egg yolks. Add sugar and beat until a light lemon color, about 4 minutes.
  3. Alternately add the butter and the flour to the egg/sugar mixture, beating well to incorporate.
  4. Put the cookie dough in a cookie press fitted with a wreath shaped attachment. Arrange on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies can be close as they will not spread while cooking.
  5. Brush the egg whites over the cookies and decorate with green sugar. If you want to get fancy, you can use candy holly berries to add some red to the wreaths.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack immediately out of the oven.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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