Krumkake Recipe

A staple of Norwegian Christmas cookie baking, krumkake more than earns its place in the cookie tin with its simplicity, delicate flavor and crisp texture.

  • Author: Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 25 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Norwegian


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  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom


  1. In a medium bowl, whip the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Gently whisk in the flour, melted butter and cardamom.
  3. Let sit for about 15 minutes or until thickened.
  4. If the batter is too thick, add a few tablespoons of milk, stirring until the batter is cohesive.
  5. Heat the krumkake iron over a burner for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Spoon a heaping teaspoon onto the back, center area of the iron
  7. Cook for 30 seconds on each side.
  8. Use a fork to gently wrap the krumkake around the roller.
  9. Allow the krumkake to cool on the roller until the next one is ready to come off the iron.
  10. Serve plain or with whipped cream and berries.


  • Use a krumkake iron: For best results, you'll want to use a krumkake iron. If you don't already have one, this is the one I personally use and love (affiliate link).
  • Make sure your iron is evenly heated: If you're using an electric stovetop, it will turn on and off as it heats, meaning one side of the iron may become considerably hotter than the other. I found a just-below-medium heat to result in the most even heating of the iron.
  • Load the batter slightly towards the back of the iron: As you lower the top iron, it'll push the batter forward. Loading it in the center will push the batter out the front of the iron without coating the back of it.
  • Immediately wipe away any batter that comes out the sides of the iron as it will burn if it drops down. To do this, simply lift the iron and whip around the edges/bottom with a paper towel.
  • Leave the krumkake on the roller and place it seam down as it cools to help it hold it's shape.
  • Storing krumkake: Krumkake will soften if exposed to humidity, even for a short period of time. To keep it crispy, store it in an air tight container (preferably not a plastic as this can cause them to lose their crispiness) for up to a couple of weeks.


Keywords: how to make krumkake, norwegian krumkake, christmas cookies