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!