Sunday, December 16, 2012

Danish Kleiners

Kleiners Cookies have been a Christmas tradition for as long as I can remember.  Grandma would always make these as well as her Lace Cookies.  This was my first year making them by myself, and although they do not look as nice as grandma's, they certainly taste just as amazing  :)
 Grandma gave me a Fattigmann Cutter which does the diamond shape and the little hole in the middle of the cookie.
 As cool as it cookies kept falling apart when I would twist them after using the cutter.  So, I resorted to just using a pizza cutter to make my own diamonds!  I believe grandma uses a "pizza cutter" which has those little ridges on them, instead of the cutter I have that does the entire cookie shape in one roll.

I thought the cutting-my-own-triangles method worked better...but it could have just been that the dough was too dry or too thick before.

 Here they all are, ready to be deep fried!

 Yum!  Talk about healthy cookies!  ;)

You may put powdered sugar on them, or a mix of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

 But me?  I like them plain the most.

I hope you are all getting in the baking spirit.  I know the baking spirit visited my house this past week  :)  We will see how long it stays around.  If you have never had a kleiner, then get to it!  You must enjoy these guys once in your life.


  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 4 T Heavy Cream (or milk in a pinch)
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1 t Baking Powder
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 3-4 C Flour
  1. Beat eggs and sugar together in a large bowl or stand mixer
  2. Add Cream and beat well
  3. Soften the butter and then add that as well
  4. Add the salt, baking powder and vanilla and beat well
  5. Add 3 cups of flour and beat for a few minutes 
  6. Flour a counter and a rolling pin.  You will now add ~ 1 cup more of flour to the dough until it reaches a good consistency to be rolled out
  7. Roll dough out to 1/4" thick
  8. Cut the dough into diamonds and slice a hole in the center of each diamond
  9. Fold one tip of the diamond through the hole to form a "bow"
  10. Heat oil (I use Crisco) to 375 and fry the cookies for about 3-5 minutes until golden brown
  11. Remove from oil and let rest on a paper towel until cool
  12. Top with powdered sugar or eat plain


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