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Nov 19, 2007 12:54 PM

Santa Lucia cookies

I'm wondering if anyone has made a particular kind of Santa Lucia cookie. They are made on metal forms that are basically a curved piece of thin metal. (Looks kind of like a french bread pan but upside down.) You roll out the dough and then cut it into strips and put on the mold and bake. They form curved cookies. Some people apparently arrange them on a plate to make a Santa Lucia "crown." Another version uses wafer paper. You spread an almond paste mixture on the wafer paper, then cut into strips and bake.

I bought a couple of these metal molds and some of the wafer paper at Maid of Scandinavia (Sweet Celebrations). Has anyone made these cookies before? I want to try them for the holidays and am looking for tips.

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  1. Are you taking about Kransekake? The molds are rings in varying sizes? You use an almond-flour batter. You place the largest one on a plate and put the next largest and so on and so forth. Before you place the next one on, you drizzle a glaze over it. Most of the times you put Norwegian/Swedish flags on it. It is a very high cake and people just break the rings. Does that sound like it?

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    1. re: WildSwede

      No, different from these. The cookies look like curved strips. They are baked on these forms that look like metal french bread pans upside down. Like metal hills. Does this sound familiar?

      1. re: karykat

        I wonder if they are spritz? They are not made out of a bread-like dough - that would be Lussekatter. I am going to ask my mom - she will know and get back with you.

        1. re: WildSwede

          Nope. They're not spritz. I grew up with those and know them. These are thin wafers that are curved (either crisp or a little softer in a version that is made with almond paste). Baked on this curved metal surface that looks like a tube with one end cut off lengthwise (if that makes sense.)

          1. re: karykat

            My mom is thinking maybe Kringle? I have a Swedish cookbook that I am going to look at when I get home.

            1. re: WildSwede

              Excellent. Will be interested to see what you find.

              1. re: karykat

                I know this thread is really old, but I'm wondering if you ever got an answer. My grandmother used to make the cookies you are talking about, someone said they are called bridge cookies? Anyway, she passed and we can't find the mold she used and I'd like to buy a new one...does that mold have a name??

    2. Again, I know this is a really old posting, but looking through an old cookbook last night I found a piece of paper with recipes for these cookies as well as a picture of the form. I have searched the internet high and low and so far you are the only other person who seems to know what these cookies are!

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      1. re: BETTS

        betts, could you post the recipe and if possible also the photo. That may help with the search.

        1. re: heylids

          here are several recipes using the grandmother always made the ones in the middle and she called them rock-a-byes

          1. re: heylids

            my grandma always made the rock-a-byes, but here are several recipes and a couple pictures

            1. re: BETTS

              I just saw your posts.

              Could I trouble you to write out the recipes? I'm having trouble reading them.

              I guess it looks pretty long, doesn't it.

              Did your grandma use the water paper or roll them out without that? What did they taste like? Almondy and crispy, I imagine?

              I got my molds at M of S.

        2. Wondering if you have any idea where to buy one of these molds now that MoS is out of business. I have searched everywhere!

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          1. re: BETTS

            I had a hardware store that also does heating duct work make the forms to my specs.

            Our family has made these for many years - now on the third generation. My grandma called them Krokanor
            We just called them Bridge Cookies. Here is my recipe:
            FROSTED COOKIES aka Bridge Cookies aka Krokaner 350 degrees
            1/2 cup sugar
            1/2 cup butter
            1/2 cup milk
            2 egg yolks, well beaten
            1 tsp vanilla extract
            flour - try 2 cups first
            2 tsp Baking Powder
            1/4 tsp salt
            Cream sugar, butter and milk together. Add remaining ingredients - Lightly kneed, adding some flour as needed to make soft roll out dough. Try one cookie.
            Roll out dough to approximately crust thickness. Cut into strips. Place on mold.
            Bake at 350 until lightly browned (check at 9 minutes)

            1 cup sugar
            3 Tbsp water
            pinch cream of tartar
            Cook to spin stage (bring to boil then turn down). While cooking, beat 1 egg white well. Add sugar mixture slowly to egg whites while beating. If too thin, add powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Beat till stiff and will set nice.

            Add sprinkles and decorations

            1. re: aflipp

              Here's a picture of this years cookies - note the too runny frosting - every batch turns out different. I miss counted the generations above. We are on the fifth generation decorating these cookies.

            2. re: BETTS

              Found a store Minneapolis Mn, that carries at Christmas time. We have grown up making these and since my Grandmother passed I will continue tradition. Darcy-Charlotte, NC

              1. re: DarcyJo3

                Hi Darcy,
                Does this place carry the cookies or the forms or both??

            3. Old thread but my mom made Swedish Krokaner aka bridges - basically a sie sugar cookie (not almond) cut in strips and baked on Krokaner forms. Then cooled and caringly frosted with a "7 minute frosting" and sprinkled with colored sugars. In Denmark they are called saddle cookies. Just made them on my moms old forms yesterday! Yummy but fragile!

              1. This post is now a few years old but I thought I would add to it. We too have been searching for this for years. We always referred to them as Bridge Cookies (or as my sisters called them, bracelet cookies because they wore them as such). After giving up looking for the molds I was able to have them made for our use. We are so excited to make them now after so many years. My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother (all now deceased) made them for us so now we can carry on the tradition!