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Saturday, December 5, 2020


Scandinavian krumkake cookies are crunchy and delicious treats that are cooked on the stove instead of the oven. Fill them with whipped cream, fruit or frosting for an extra special dessert.  

bowl of Russian buttercream filled krumkake horns

      If you are looking for a fun new cookie to add to your recipe box, krumkake definitely fit the bill. They are crunchy and delicious plain and even better when filled with whipped cream or frosting. The iron is pretty and can also be used for making homemade pizelles or stroopwaffles as well!  

      Krumkake are a simple but delicious cookie that is definitely worth a try. The batter is easy to throw together and "bakes" on a decorative iron on the stove.

      The batter as written had a delicate vanilla flavor. You can easily spice them up with a pinch or cardamom and orange zest or add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. 

krumkake cooling on wire rack

      You also have several options for shaping your treats. Laying them flat on a cooling rack is the easiest way and the best way to see the decorative imprint.

       The most traditional shape is a cone shape. You roll the hot cookie around a form and press to set.

      Traditionally this is done around a wooden cone form. We couldn't find my grandma's cone so I used cream horn molds that were double stacked for more rigidity.

        You can also make a cigarello type shape by wrapping the cookie around the handle of a wooden spoon. They are perfect when each end is dipped in melted chocolate. 

bowl of crunchy krumkake horns

        The shaping is the hardest part of making these cookies. You need to form them straight off of the stove.

       They are flexible while they are hot, so you have to work quickly and watch your finger tips.  The cookie will hold its shape as it cools and gets crunchy. 

      I originally shared this recipe back in 2016. We had a fun treat making day with my aunt and grandma.

      That time I filled them with a whipped cream cheese frosting instead of the more normal whipped cream. I wanted something that was still fluffy but also more stable.

       This time I used Russian buttercream. That sweetened condensed milk goodness makes for a super creamy and fabulous filling. 

     Both were fabulous options and I would recommend either. If you fill them with something else, let me know how it goes in the comments.

golden krumkake horns dusted with powdered sugar

Original post from 2016:

Vintage Kitchen Gadgets and Great-Grandma's Krumkake Iron

     After weeks of talking about it, it was finally time!  Grandma and I were looking through all of her kitchen gadgets a little while back. 

     She has at least one of everything!  Need an electric crepe maker?  She's got it!  

    Want a vintage toaster (like really vintage with cages for the toast that you have to flip to toast both sides)?  She's got one.  

     Want an ebelskiver pan? She has two. (Update, she has three!)

      Vintage bean pots? Yep, three!  And that is just the start. 

krumkake iron on top of stove

   As we were looking for something else, she came across her mom's krumkake pan.  The funny part is, I had no idea what that was. 

     Grandma said we needed to make krumkakes next time Aunt Donna is in town.  Of course, I had no idea what krumkakes were so I assumed we were making crumb cakes.  

    I couldn't quite figure out why we needed a special pan for that, but I was all in anyway!  I am not one to say no to a fun cooking day. 

Quality Time Making Treat with Grandma and Donna

     Grandma and Donna came over during Little Dude's nap time and we went to work.  I quickly learned that we were making krumkakes and not crumb cakes and was really excited to see the vintage iron.  

    Grandma couldn't find the form to roll the cookies around, so we searched the kitchen for something the right size.  The handles of one of my cast iron pans seemed to be about perfect.

     The batter came together really quickly and we started making the cookies.  We read the helpful tips in a vintage cookbook and got going.  

    A little bit of batter, a little squeeze of the handles, a quick flip, count to thirty, check for golden brown, flip again and remove.  We left some of the krumkakes flat, but rolled most of them.  

       They were delicious sprinkled with powdered sugar, but we felt like a rolled cookie should also be filled.  So, I quickly went to work to make a batch of whipped cream cheese frosting. A quick squeeze of frosting in each cookie elevated them to the next level.

bowl of frosting filled krumkake cookies

    While grandma finished the krumkakes, Donna made a batch of pizzelle batter.  She has a pizzelle maker that is much like a waffle iron.  

    Other than a little baking soda in the pizzelle batter, the recipes and techniques were very similar.  Donna made the pizzelles with a mix of lemon and vanilla.  

    They were delicious as well!  We had a good time making treats and catching up.

     Before they left, Little Dude impressed the ladies with his own culinary skills.  He made himself some avocado egg salad.  

    That kid loves his avocados! Of course there was more than enough to share, so they each got to try the fruits of his labor.  

    They were quite impressed with how much he was able to do on his own and even more impressed with the results!  

pile of buttercream filled krumkake horns

Tips for making great krumkake

Make sure you beat together the eggs and sugar until the color lightens and the mixture looks creamy.

The batter should be like thick pancake batter. Add a tiny bit more flour as needed to get it thick. You can check out the video for a visual. 

Grease your krumkake iron before the first cookie, but you shouldn't have to grease it again after that. Just keep on making cookies!

It may take a couple of cookies to find the right heat and times. We had the best luck over medium heat on a small burner.

After 30 seconds on each side the batter had been cooked to a light golden brown. Work quickly to form them and set them aside to cool.

Once you get a rhythm going it will actually go pretty quickly.  Just have fun with it!

Krumkake are best stored unfilled in an airtight container at room temperature. They can be stored that way for up to a week.

Fill them with fruit, whipped cream or frosting just before serving. That way the shells stay crispy and the inside is at its peak!

Watch us make some on YouTube: 

More great cookie recipes from my friends:

homemade krumkake, diy krumkake, Scandinavian cookies
Homemade Krumkake Cookies krumkake cookies are crunchy and delicious treats that are cooked on the stove instead of the oven. Fill them with whipped cream, fruit or frosting for an extra special dessert. This batch got filled with Russian buttercream and they were delicious!
Yield: 36 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee


Scandinavian krumkake cookies are crunchy and delicious treats that are cooked on the stove instead of the oven. Fill them with whipped cream, fruit or frosting for an extra special dessert.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 55 Min


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.25 cup flour


  1. Beat together eggs and sugar until light.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until smooth.
  3. Preheat krumkake iron over low heat.
  4. Pour a Tablespoon of batter on the hot iron. Close iron and flip. Cook for about 30 seconds or until golden. Flip back over and remove cookie from iron.
  5. Either cool flat over wire rack or roll over cylinder form (we couldn't find the form, so we used the round handle of a pan).



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 Scandinavian krumkake cookies are crunchy and delicious treats that are cooked on the stove instead of the oven. Fill them with whipped cream, fruit or frosting for an extra special dessert.

Shared at The Weekend Potluck


  1. I'm so glad you girls had such a good time creating and learning new skills in your kitchen. There are so many things I would have loved to learn from my grandma.
    Jaxon spoiled grandma and Donna's dinner too. They were pretty full and quite impressed with his skills in the kitchen.
    What a fun afternoon!

    1. It was fun! I do think they were a little impressed with the little guy's cooking skills!

  2. These look like such a tasty treat!! I'm so glad you had so much fun making them. Always best to learn from Grandma!! Thanks

    1. It is fun to get the tips and tricks from her... and even more fun to hear the stories about where things came from and who she learned them from!

  3. These look so tasty! And, nothing better than spending time with family.

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    1. Thank you! I had a blast talking with them and cooking up a storm!

  4. These looks yummy.Thanks for sharing.Have a lovely weekend.

  5. This has to be my fave post this week because I loved hearing about your adventures with your Grandma and Auntie! And now you have a treasure in this blog post and the handed down recipe!


    1. Thanks, Mollie! We had a lot of fun cooking together and it was fun to use my grandma's mom's cookie iron with grandma. My favorite part was probably watching them be amazed by Jax making his own dinner though!

  6. Carlee, that sounds like such a great day with your grandma and aunt. I've always wanted to learn to make Krumkake. I didn't know it had a special pan. Genius idea to put whipped cream cheese frosting inside. My fave!!

    1. It was so much fun and I love that we were using my great-grandma's pan! My aunt had an electric pizelle maker that did basically the same job, but was more like a waffle iron. Either way works, but the pan was more fun!

  7. Yummy! so simple and tasty! Thank you!

  8. How sweet! Grandma's are so special! I hope my grandchildren are always making memories with me. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday.

  9. They look delicious, and I love the sound of your whipped cream cheese frosting! Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair.

    1. Thank you! The whipped cream cheese really did take them to the next level!

  10. They look so light and delicate and delicious! I want one of those pans!!! And the cream cheese frosting puts it right over the top. Love pizzelles too. And I made ebelskivers for the first time recently. So fun! Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

    1. Isn't that pan cool? I can't wait to do the ebelskivers. Next time my aunt comes to visit they are first in line! Thank you!

  11. WOW! I'll take 20 of them! YUMMY!

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. I'll have to share this one for sure, thanks for inviting me!

  12. I'm not familiar with krumkake, they certainly sound wonderful and fun to make too! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

    1. I wasn't either, but they are delicious cookies that seem to be the Norwegian version of a pizelle.

  13. What a special time baking! No doubt, a day you will always remember :)
    The krumkake look delicious.

    1. We did have a great time together, thank you!

  14. I love that you are getting to learn some recipes from your grandma. I love the recipes that have been passed down through the years! Thanks for sharing on the Country Fair Blog Party this month. No, I'm going to look for old cooking utensils! :)

    1. It was a lot of fun to make them with her. We need to work our way through her collection!

  15. Thank you for sharing this fun memory with us. I love happy food memories. I have an electric crepe maker too but it's buried in the barn somewhere. It's easier just to grab a pan out of the drawer.

    1. Sometimes the gadgets are overrated, aren't they? But some are totally worth it. Sometimes you don't know until after you have one... or two ;-)

  16. What a fun cookie! It's just beautiful and so many options for shaping and filling!

    1. I agree! I was so glad my grandma was able to find the iron and let us borrow it for a bit.

  17. Such a pretty cookie! These are going on my must-make list!!!

  18. I love how your grandma has all of those kitchen gadgets. I've resisted the ebelskiver or pizelle pan (or electric crepe pan). Off to check out your frosting recipe!

    1. I now have one of her three ebelskiver pans on a shelf. I hope to play with it a bit after the holidays are over!

  19. I wondered what those were when I saw you filling them in your Russian buttercream video. Nice! Thanks for sharing.

  20. It's so much fun to do things together, love these kurmkake's.

    1. Thank you, we really do have a blast cooking together.

  21. I can get behind these 100% especially with that whipped frosting inside! Looks absolutely festive and delicious

    1. It is the perfect combination. LD and I will have to whip you up a batch sometime.

  22. These treats look so fun and delicious! Thank you for sharing.


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