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Video:Fattigmann cookies

with Cliff Wildman

Fattigmann, or poor man cookies, are a delightful Scandinavian treat traditionally served at Christmas time. See how to cut, shape, and fry fattigman cookies.See Transcript

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Transcript:Fattigmann cookies

Hi, I'm Cliff Wildman with About.com. Today I'm going to show you how to make fattigmann cookies. They're also known as poor man cookies. You actually fry these, so they're a little different and you'll need a special little tool to cut the dough, but it is a lot of fun to make and it's a great holiday tradition.

Fattigmann Cookie Recipe

For this recipe, we'll need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (you want to whip that to stiff peaks before you start)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • powdered sugar
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of both baking powder and salt
  • 1 tablespoon of brandy - that's optional
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom

Fattigman Cookie Rollers

To make traditional fattigmann, you'll need a fattigmann roller. You can easily find one online, or you can use a pastry slicer to cut the dough. You'll see the shape the roller cuts soon.

Mix Dry Ingredients

In a bowl, we're going to mix our flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom. Stir quickly and set aside.

Mix Wet Cookie Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and the brandy - mix that up very well. Next, stir in the melted butter, and now you want to fold in the whip cream and get this to an even consistency. Don't go too fast - you want to slowly work the cream into the batter.

Combine the Fattigmann Cookie Ingredients

Once that is at an even consistency, you can start to mix in the flour mixture we set aside earlier. You want to gently mix the dry ingredients into the batter until the dough is formed and this is what it will look like when it is ready.

Chill the Fattigmann Cookie Dough

You want to chill that for at least 30 minutes, but you can leave it in the refrigerator up to overnight. All right, our dough has chilled for a couple of hours now.

Roll and Cut the Cookies

I'm going to dust the counter with flour and roll the dough out. We want to roll this out to an even consistency to about an eighth of an inch thin. Take the fattigmann roller, push down hard and roll it across and you can see the shape it is making. If you're using a pastry slicer, this is what you want each piece to look like. Continue cutting until all your dough are shaped like these diamonds.

Fry the Fattigmann Cookies

Now we're going to open the slit in the middle of the dough and pull on of the sides through the hole to make a knot. Once all the dough is in knots take a medium pot and heat an inch and a half of canola oil to 375 degrees. You can see I have a thermometer, so I know when I can start frying. When the oil is ready, drop in several cookies at the same time - heat them until they start to turn light brown - flip over for 30 seconds to a minute and remove.

Serving Fattigmann Cookies

Repeat until they are all fried, and then you want to serve them fairly immediately - so take your powdered sugar and apply liberally and serve. These go great with tea.

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