Eier kringel

Brandy, cardamom and fresh orange zest vie for attention in these Christmas cookies, but the richness lent by four sieved egg yolks may be their most compelling aspect. Beautiful, excellently flavored, and rolled to a quarter-inch thickness, they are delicious and decadent. This recipe only makes about a dozen and a half cookies. Which is perhaps for the best.

Sharon Tyler Herbst says that the cookie recipe hails from Iceland and is traditional there, however, Eier Kringel is German for eggs squiggle, literally, although Kringel can also mean twist, bow or wreath. Further, every recipe and online post that pops up on the first page of a Google search suggest that these are a traditional German holiday treat. Whatever their origins, they are amongst our favorites of The Joy of Cookies‘ holiday recipes. I think they would make a pretty festive Easter treat, too!


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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