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Norwegian berlinerkranser cookies with sugar sprinkles and platter
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Norwegian Berlinerkranser

Norwegian Berlingerkranser cookies are orange scented butter cookie.  Traditionally on a plate with seven different types of traditional Norwegian cookies given at Christmas.  

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Norwegian
Keyword butter cookies, Norwegian berlinerkranser, Norwegian cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 88 kcal
Author Janet Barton



  • 3/4 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • grated zest from one orange
  • 2 cups flour


  • 1 egg beaten
  • cane sugar or pearl sugar


  1. Mix butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Add orange zest and flour. Mix to form a stiff dough. Take less than a tablespoon of dough and shape into a rope then form into a circle creating a wreath shape. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

  2. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be light and barely starting to brown on the edges. Cool completely. Makes 30 cookies

Recipe Notes

Janet's Notes:

  • Use European-style butter because they have more butterfat and less water.  Resulting in a more tender cookie that will melt-in-your-mouth texture and feel.  My favorite brands to use are Plugra and Kerrigold  Irish butter. I use unsalted butter.  For more flavor add a pinch of salt, if desired.
  • Butter should be cold to the touch but warm enough to spread.  
  • Don't rush the process of creaming the butter and sugar, but don't overmix either.  The longer the butter is creamed the warmer it can become.  This could result in a sticky dough that is hard to shape.
  • Don't pack flour into the measuring cup.  I like to stir my flour before gently scooping into the measuring cup.
  • If cookies seem difficult to shape (I've never had this problem), the dough can be chilled until it is easier to handle or simply dust hands with flour while shaping.
  • Don't overbake.  Bake just until beginning to lightly brown around edges.
  • Baked Berlinerkranser can be stored in a tin with a tight-fitting lid and placed in a cool room for up to 3 weeks.  They can be frozen as well. 
Nutrition Facts
Norwegian Berlinerkranser
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 44mg2%
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.