Posted by: Sarah | December 17, 2011

Fattigmann: Norwegian Christmas Cookie Challenge 7

Finally – the end of the challenge!  This last cookie was baked post Lizzie Rose’s arrival with an enormous amount of help from Mum and Eliot.  I knew this one might be a challenge so the extra help was came at the right time.

I just wanted to bake this last cookie so the challenge was complete, the cookies were boxed up and people received them before the festive season was over!  Luckily it didn’t need that much butter because the shortage is still leaving the shelves empty in Norwegian supermarkets across the country!

The Fattigmann Cookie (or Poor Mans Cookie) is by no means a recipe for folks strapped for cash – it needs 12 eggs, a load of flour and some alcohol to make it work so whoever named this cookie was being sarcastic.  Mixing the ingredients isn’t the time-consuming part – it’s the folding!  I’ll explain later.  Again, we needed to add a lot more flour so the estimated 40 cookies turned out to be 80.  I’m starting to wonder if my measurement skills need some fine tuning.

Recipe:  Should make 40 but we ended up with approx 80

  • 6 Eggs
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 1 1/2dl Whipping Cream
  • 1 1/2dl Sugar
  • 50g Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom
  • 5dl Plain Flour
  • Little cognac to taste
  • 1kg Vegetable Fat/Lard for frying
  • Crinkle pastry roller cutter – the same used for the Siripsnipper


  1. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. Whip the whipping cream and stir it into the egg mixture slowly
  3. Melt the butter and add that to the mixture
  4. Add the cinnamon and cardamom to the flour and sieve it all into the mixture little by little
  5. Gradually work the mixture into a dough and put it into the fridge until the next day
  6. Cut the dough into chunks and roll it out thinly .- approx 3mm.  You may need more flour for this part if the dough is sticky (ours was)
  7. Cut into diamonds (like the siripsnipper) and then cut an incision in the center of each diamond
  8. Take one end of the diamond and fold it through the incision pulling it completely through the other side – see picture
  9. Fry the cookies in lard for approx 4 minutes or until golden brown – be sure to turn them regularly
  10. Cool on a wire rack
  11. If serving immediately, sprinkle some icing sugar over the top.  Otherwise put them into an airtight box

Sarah’s Tips:

  • When you stir the whipped cream into the egg mixture it will look like it’s curdling.  Stir slowly and keep going.  It will eventually smooth out.
  • The folding takes time and practice – make sure the dough mixture is dry enough that you can manage and manipulate the folding

Christmas cookie challenge complete!

You’re probably thinking that we have thousands of cookies around the house – you’re not wrong.  We have a lot but we’ve decided to package them up and give them away to neighbours and friends.   I hope they still taste okay!

You can also get a glimpse of behind the scenes in our kitchen during cookie making.  I’m not sure how I managed to get this much flour on my face given that I wasn’t anywhere near the mixing process at the time.

God jul blog readers!


  1. Many thanks! Can’t wait to try!
    Merry Christmas & Hapy New Year!
    “God Jul & Godt Nytt Ar!”

    • Thanks Anna – God Jul to you too!

  2. Well done! Just a comment on the name “Fattigmann” (Poor man). When I was young, I heard that it indicated that you would be poor *after* baking theese coockies, with all the ingedients ;-)
    God jul!

    • Hey Ingeborg – ah, that makes sense. The amount of eggs and flour you need it could quite easily break the bank. Luckily this one didn’t need a lot of butter. Given the shortage at the moment I didn’t need a butter hungry recipe!

  3. Hey Sarah,

    Very fun information! Where do you find these recipies? Are they from family or are they more ‘general’ knowledge? Just curious.

    Enjoying your blog :)

    • Hi Kristie – I found them on just before Xmas. Mind you, some of them didn’t work too well so worth searching for others.

  4. I thought it was fattigmann because all the farmers who were oftern considered “fattig” could make it since they had access to eggs and it contained very little sugar, which was very expensive. :)

    • Ahh – you may be right Kristina – thanks for the comment!

  5. Years have passed since this recipe was posted, but maybe you will get this. I was looking for the closest recipe to my Grandmom’s; I am not at home and can’t remember the exact quantities. This recipe is almost the same, as well as your comments about making them. Mixing in the flour is DEFINITELY the hardest part! Always having to add extra flour to roll out is such a pain!
    My daughter and I will make them this year; we skipped last year. I have been making them myself for about 40 years ! Thanks for posting!

    • How lovely – thank you for your comment. I don’t normally look at my blog these days however one of my team members is moving to Norway so may consider revamping! Which cookie are you baking?

      • Fattigmands. Never had enough nerve to try krumkaker alone!

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