Finally! A straightforward translation. Konjaks, cognac or brandy. Kränsar, wreath. And, interestingly, kräns? Crown. I do love it when a language makes sense to me.
Except for the rolling out of the dough, cutting it into many 5 x 1/4″ strips, braiding two of the strips together and twisting and pinching the combination into a wreath, and repeat, repeat, repeat, these were fairly easy to make. They are worth the effort. Even the part where you blot and then quarter 14 maraschino cherries. Pretty and tasty, they are rich with butter, sugar and vanilla. And, of course, brandy. Infused with a little brandy in the dough, and a little bit more in the glaze that’s painted on while the cookies are warm from the oven. Mmm. Just like the name says: Brandy wreaths.