Scandinavian Baking Recipes
Baking the day away is a great way to spend a blustery, cold winter weekend, which is probably why Scandinavia has so many delicious baked goods. Some of the common flavors of Scandinavian baked goods include cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla. With recipes spanning Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland (included as a bonus; they're Nordic neighbors after all), you can find everything from tender breakfast rolls to irresistibly crisp butter cookies.
Norwegian Butter Cookies
Norwegian Potato Flatbread (Lefse)
Although not technically "baked," these potato flatbreads (also known as lefse) are a staple in Norway.
Easy Swedish Apple Pie
Krumkake irons are a regular appliance in Scandinavian kitchens. They're used to create delicately decorated wafer cookies. Their beauty belies their simplicity.
Pebber Nodder (Danish Christmas Cookies)
Cardamom and cinnamon are the backbone of these spiced bite-size cookies. Many reviewers advise to make a double batch because these get eaten up quickly.
Swedish Saffron Buns
Delightfully fluffy and infused with saffron's delicate flavor and color, these buns are a Christmastime staple in Sweden.
Norwegian Almond Cake
Finnish Blueberry Pie
"As a Finn and native Yooper, I feel that this was the perfect way to prepare the beautiful Michigan blueberries that are in season right now," says user yoopercook.
Baked in a cast iron pan that looks similar to an egg poacher, aebleskiver are a bite-size Danish dessert reminiscent of doughnut holes.
Norwegian Hazelnut Cake
"The chocolate glaze compliments this nicely nutty cake in such a pretty way that it makes it wonderful for entertaining," says recipe reviewer TLOZEC.
Swedish Tea Ring
This Swedish pastry makes a wonderful breakfast for special occasions or a sweet snack for entertaining guests over a cup of coffee.
The secret to these extra fluffy butter cookies is the addition of sour cream.
Norwegian Sour Cream and Raisin Pie
Danish Oatmeal Cookies
Scandinavian Sweetheart Waffles
Norway's Best Pepper Cookies
For a spiced cookie that's not overly sweet, this Norwegian recipe is perfect. It uses black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom, a trio that's delightfully flavor but not so overpowering to cover the delicate sweetness.
Finnish Kropser (Baked Pancakes)
Swedish Angel Crisps
These cookies are rolled in chopped walnuts and granulated sugar for a delicious layer of decoration and crunch.
Danish Cinnamon Snails
Finnish Carrot Rolls
If you want to change up your dinner roll game, this recipe incorporates shredded carrots for a bright orange hue and slightly sweet taste.
"This is EXACTLY what my Norwegian grandma made every year for Christmas," says recipe reviewer FOLIEDEVIE. "The recipe is a bit labor-intensive, but well worth it."
Swedish Rye Bread
More soft and sweet than Jewish rye bread, this recipe uses molasses and brown sugar to make it stand out.
Danish Almond Puff
"My family loved this!" says user Ilikefrenchies. "Its really nice because its not too sweet."