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Kringlers: A New Year Tradition

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When I was a kid, we did goals for the year instead of resolutions.  Just thinking about word choice, “goals” makes a lot more sense than “resolutions”.  Aren’t resolutions really just something we’re shooting for and hoping to achieve, rather than something we’ve resolved to do?  I don’t know anyone who actually resolves to do something and does it.  I mean, resolutions last a couple weeks at the most, then people quit in the face of failure.  A goal is something I find that I can stray from and come back to.

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With this is mind, here are some goals of mine for this year:

  • Be more consistent from day to day with my expectations of myself, my husband, and my kids.
  • Communication is always something I can strive to do better.
  • Be more encouraging to those around me.
  • No more processed, white sugar or white flour foods.
kringlers cookies | the hobby room diaries


 kringlers cookies | the hobby room diaries
But who cares about that, let’s get to the heart of this post.  Cookies.  My mom used to make Kringlers every year at some point around the New Year and I have picked up the tradition in the last couple years.  Here’s where I need your help: what are these cookies?  I think they are Scandinavian, but really have no idea.  Do you know what they are really called?  Whatever they are, Kringlers are very tasty and you should give them a try.
kringlers cookies | the hobby room diaries
Kringlers cookie bars

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Kringlers cookie bars


    For the crust:
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons cold water
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Make the crust: cut together flour, salt and butter with a pastry blender or food processor. Add water until dough just holds together. Roll on parchment into a large rectangle, 1/8 inch thick.
  • Make the filling: bring water and butter to a boil, remove from heat and briskly stir in flour, then stir in eggs and extract until smooth. Spread evenly over unbaked crust, all the way to the edges. Place on baking tray and bake 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Once the cookie is cool, mix together all glaze ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle glaze over cookie and sprinkle generously with sprinkles. Cut into rectangles to serve.


kringlers cookies | the hobby room diaries

My question to you: what special food do you have to ring in the New Year?


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