Scandinavian Recipes

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Finnish Pulla

Rating: 4.76 stars
159
A unique bread with a sweet flavor that makes a wonderful holiday gift! It takes about 4 hours to make, so allow yourself plenty of time.

Rosenmunnar

Rating: 4.58 stars
501
Swedish thumbprint cookies.

Rosettes I

Rating: 4.73 stars
91
Cook this on a rosette iron, then sprinkle with sugar.

Finnish Kropser (Baked Pancakes)

Rating: 4.69 stars
113
This delicious bar is a treat that can be served for breakfast or with tea. Serve with syrup, jelly or honey.

Swedish Nuts II

Rating: 4.68 stars
91
I make these wonderful sweet nuts using pecans every year for Christmas. They are a true delight, especially if you are a lover of nuts. If pecans aren't your forte, substitute walnuts. Happy Holidays!

Norwegian Lefse

Rating: 4.38 stars
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I was raised on Lefse as a special treat for the holidays. We still make it every holiday season, and this is the best recipe ever. We eat ours with butter and sugar. Note: you will need a potato ricer to prepare this recipe.

Danish Almond Puff

Rating: 4.63 stars
42
My mom used to make this Almond Puff every year for Christmas. It is very elegant and pretty--and surprisingly easy to make. I almost always have every ingredient already in my cupboard. I made it myself for the first time and my husband loved it. I'm planning to make it for his mom when she comes to visit. This is a fun one to share.

Danish Christmas Red Cabbage

Rating: 4.53 stars
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In Denmark it is traditional to serve a cooked pickled red cabbage for the Christmas Eve dinner. This is my mother's, and it is so easy to make and will be a great sidedish to any roast duck, turkey or goose. When reheating, I like to add a tablespoon of black currant jam to enhance the flavor.

Norwegian Pancakes - Pannekaken

Rating: 4.62 stars
170
My Norwegian grandmother made this for us as a treat, and it continues to be a favorite my mother makes for my kids. Very easy and versatile. Serve rolled like a crepe with syrup or jam. Can also be a dessert stuffed with a sweetened cream cheese and lingon berry mixture.

Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

Rating: 4.65 stars
548
Our family's traditional Christmas recipe, frequently doubled and kept warm in a crock pot. Worth the effort, and the meatballs are even better the next day! Reserve brown gravy and add sour cream to it the day you serve the leftovers.

Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce

Rating: 4.32 stars
259
A quick but very tasty sauce to add to already prepared frozen meatballs. This recipe makes a generous amount of sauce for a 1/2 package (20 oz) of meatballs. Serve over egg noodles or rice.

Authentic Swedish Pancakes

Rating: 4.65 stars
38
This is an authentic Swedish pancake recipe that was taught to my father by his mother, who was born in Sweden. My father then passed it to me. Kids love them. Never any leftovers when I make them. To serve, you can spoon melted butter over pancakes and sprinkle with sugar, or serve with lingonberry sauce. You can also use the batter to make crepes.
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Danish Cinnamon Snails

Rating: Unrated
49
Americans would call these cinnamon rolls--but this version is the original Danish version and it's absolutely wonderful. They are traditionally served with coffee or tea at Christmas time, and they are to die for!

Old-Fashioned Swedish Glogg

Rating: 4.81 stars
25

My grandfather brought this recipe over from Sweden in 1921. We still use it today. God Jul.