An Orange Twist on a Classic

With Christmas comes the pleasures of calorie-free cookies and sweets...or so we like to think. But my favorite is the traditional Scandinavian treat of krumkake.  It it a delightful cone-shaped cookie that boasts of a light cardamom flavor that never gets old...even your fifth cookie in.  This year I wanted to gift some cookies so I thought I would try a new recipe with orange zest and dipped in dark chocolate!

If only I could post what these smelled like while baking...

To think my grandma would always grind her own cardamom seeds...it was quite the work out to get the seeds to be a fine grind but the smells were already intoxicating the kitchen.

Seems simple enough, right?

Creaming the butter, sugar, and eggs...

Then combining the flour, cardamom, cloves, orange peel...

Throwing them all together with the milk...

Just a small dollop on the beautifully decorated waffle-like iron press...

And after about 1 minute...

You have some beautifully golden brown disks!

Now, to be rolled around the wooden cone while still hot...


Then, off to melt some chocolate.

They say a watched pot never boils.  Well, the same goes for melting chocolate.

It didn't seem runny enough and the chocolate ended up being seized, or in layman's terms, utterly useless.  Onto a fresh batch of chocolate melting...

Now we are cookin' (sometimes, I cannot be helped).

After cooking, rolling, and dipping over 60 cookies, we are done with the batch and ready to pack them up! But first, I think I may have to taste one...you know, just to be sure.

Success. And now off to the party!

On a chilly Christmas evening, there is nothing better than gathering with friends and celebrating this wonderful season! It was a perfect night of singing carols around the piano and mingling with friends old and new. "For unto us a child is born..." so let us make a joyful noise!

Uffda. Not the best light at the Minnapolis Club but those gorgeous hardwood floors make up for it, right?

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Cheers,
Alissa