Norwegian Christmas

  • Smultringer

    Smultringer, (or lard rings in English), are a traditional donut that are very popular in Norway. They can be bought in packs at the supermarket throughout the year here, but come Christmas, you can buy them fresh and hot from street and market vendors. As such, they are not donuts to be iced, but a dusting of cinnamon-sugar makes them very more-ish. These donuts are quiet easy to make yourself at home, if you have the donut dispenser on hand.

  • Troll Cream

    Trollkrem is a favourite at celebrations throughout the year in Norway. Its light and fluffy texture is perfect for long summer days, and its usual berry ingredient, cowberries or tyttebær, is a traditional Christmas flavour. Bilberries, Norwegian wild blueberries, can be used instead as they also have a nice sharp taste.

  • Kakemenn

    Kakemenn, cake men, are vanilla cookies and a favourite among kids at Christmas. They are easy to make, fun to decorate, and go well with rich drinks such as gløgg and coffee. Horn salt (ammonium bicarbonate) is used instead of baking power for rising, which gives the cookies their light flavour and firmness.

  • Advent Countdown

    In Norway, Advent season is when Norwegians prepare for Christmas. Even though it is the darkest time of the year, it is full of activity, lights, parties and yummy food. Advent is essentially a countdown to the first day of Christmas. It starts on the fourth Sunday before the 25th of December and is usually observed each Sunday to Christmas Day by lighting a candle.

  • North Norwegian Lefse

    21st of December is the traditional day for making lefse. Almost every part of Norway has their own lefse variety, so there are plenty of recipes to choose from.

  • Cold Oven Grøt

    I’ve been asking around, and grøt is most definitely one of the dishes served for one of the Norwegian Christmas meals. Some Norwegians have just grøt as their main meal for little Christmas eve! (The 23rd of December.)