What is a tomte? (Hint: delicious)

I am obsessed with tomtes. These whimsical Nordic gnomes are just too darling, especially when they come in cookie form! It may sound crazy, but I am positively giddy in the knowledge that I will be baking and decorating hundreds of Pepperkaker Tomte Cookies this month (there is no such thing as too many tomtes), plus, the pepperkaker (crispy Norwegian gingerbread) is just so delicious.

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Celebrate a Norwegian Christmas with Rosettes & More

My beloved grandfather, Don Mathison, was a proud Norwegian-American and as a child our family Christmas feasts showcased traditional specialties like lefse and pickled herring, as well as sweet pastries made by my mom, like krumkake and rosettes.

With much of my life overrun by all things Italian these days – men, pasta, pride – the holidays present a welcome opportunity for me to celebrate my Norwegian heritage in the best way I know – through food. Read More