Juleskringle (Marzipan Christmas Kringle)


This Christmas marzipan bread is an absolute must for the holidays, and a traditional dinner would not be complete without this kringle for dessert. It may seem complicated at first glance, but if you follow the recipe step by step, it is actually quite easy, and you will amaze your family with this beautiful dessert. This is an extremely rich and decadent treat, so guests only need a little. Often a coin is hidden in the kringle and it is thought that the finder will be guaranteed good luck for the upcoming year. As such, it is considered bad luck not to indulge at Christmas!

close up view of Juleskringle (Marzipan Christmas Kringle) bread, with almond slices on top, on a white platter
Prep Time:
50 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs 55 mins
Total Time:
14 hrs 10 mins
1 loaf



  • ½ cup warm milk

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ cup butter, cut into small pieces


  • 1 (8 ounce) can almond paste

  • ½ cup crushed sliced almonds

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • ½ cup white sugar

For Finishing:

  • 1 egg white, beaten

  • ½ cup sliced almonds


  1. Make the bread: Stir milk and sugar together in a small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over top and let stand for 10 minutes to dissolve. Stir in cream.

  2. Stir together flour, sugar, salt, and cardamom in a separate bowl. Cut in butter with 2 knives or a pastry blender until texture is coarse and mealy. Add yeast mixture and stir until well blended. Pat into a ball, flatten slightly, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

  3. When ready to bake, make the filling: Mix almond paste, almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and almond extract with an electric mixer in a large bowl until evenly blended. It may be crumbly.

  4. Roll chilled dough into a 2x24-inch rectangle. Spread filling over dough to within 2 inches of each side. Roll up into a tube. Cover the work surface with sugar and roll dough tube into sugar until thoroughly coated.

  5. Roll and stretch dough tube out into a 40-inch-long rope. Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and form into a pretzel shape.

  6. Brush dough with egg white and sprinkle with almonds. Cover loosely with a towel and let rise for 45 minutes.

  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  8. Bake kringle in the preheated oven until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into slices to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
20g Fat
49g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 158mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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