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December 2020

December 3, 2020

Sandnøtter (Norwegian Christmas Cookies)

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Sandnøtter, “sand nuts”, are sweet and simple Norwegian Christmas cookies with a vibrant taste of vanilla. They’re often chosen as one of the syv slagene “seven types of cookies” baked during the holiday season. Sandnøtter are so light and airy, they literally melt in your mouth with a dry and crumbly burst from the potato starch in each bite.

These are wonderful cookies that all can enjoy and should certainly be a part of any holiday offerings. This recipe makes quite a few, so feel free to halve the recipe or give some away to loved ones.



*Makes around 80 sandnøtter

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (250 g) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup (250 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (500 g) potato starch/potetmel
  • 1 cup plus 2 teaspoons (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoon vanilla sugar or 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until creamed and well combined. Add the egg, potato starch, flour, vanilla sugar or extract, and baking powder and form a smooth dough.  

Take a spoonful of dough at a time, roll each into a small ball with your hands. Using a fork, gently press down on top of each ball to flatten slightly and make a pattern.

Divide the cookies among the prepared baking sheet(s) and bake one sheet at a time in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes. They should be light in color when you take them out. Cool on a wire rack.

Store in a cookie tin for a couple of weeks and enjoy!

*For more holiday baking inspiration, head here.

Nevada Berg

Nevada is a utah native and norwegian by heart. When not crafting culinary delights she enjoys her family time and tending to her animals. You most certainly can find her perusing her property for wild berries.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Potato starch or potato flour????

  2. Kati Fritz-Jung says:

    Thank you so much for the sandnotter cookie recipe! I had one that I cut out from a magazine in the 1970’s and lost it. A friend of mine asked me to make her some. For the life of me I couldn’t remember the recipe. I love this cookie! I definitively will buy your cookbook.

  3. Rebecca Larson says:

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

  4. Sally says:

    Can you prepare and shape the dough then freeze to bake later? Any reason why that’s not a good idea?

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