December 19, 2009

Growing up near my Scandinavian grandparents, Valborg Lynnea and Rangwald Carl, meant our family celebrations were always a Smorgasbord. Salty fish, smoked fish, sour fish, I loved it all. Christmas Eve was big, with the large family descending on their egg ranch where Nana had been baking for weeks filling shirt boxes with fattigmann, sandkakor, rosettes, spritz and an array of others. I've made my share of these cookies for my own family, but now with just two of us in the house my cookie making days are few and far between. But today I made Spritz! Martha was on in the background the other day and she was making these precious little jewels, and remembering I had offered to bring cookies to a party, I dug out my cookie press. The recipe is basic and easy, here is Martha's, but cookie presses are not created equal. I've had many and disliked many and have settled on Marcato as my favorite for it's ease of use.

I'm feeling nostalgic and energetic and may bake my favorite, sandkakor or my son's favorite, kransekaka, hopefully both!

I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

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  1. Such pretty cookies!

    We're not Scandinavian but we always have fish (salmon) on Christmas Eve. And we're baking poppyseed spritz today! Our cookie press is Sawa, made in Sweden. I've found it works best with the poppyseed dough if the cookie press is chilled before putting in the dough. We decorate our poppyseed spritz with candied red and green cherry halves.

    A very merry Christmas to you, too!

  2. I'm sooo behind in blog reading, but just revisiting yours and seeing all the amazing sweaters you've been working on this fall! I love Frances revisited - and the bunny one is amazing on you even with the ease, there's something lovely in the way it falls - I'm glad you sat thru all the fluff for it! enjoy the cookies and have a great 2010 - can't wait to see what you make next...

  3. oh! that cookie press you linked looks LOVELY!
    i am so keeping that in mind if i am ever in the market for a new one.
    happy new year!


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