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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

Danish Christmas Cardamom Cookie Recipe

 I like how the holiday season allows me to combine two of my very favorite things:
  1. Baking sweets and making candy I can give away and not be tempted to eat (too much. However, I reserve the right to sample for quality assurance of course!) 

  2. Sharing my Danish heritage with my family and friends.

Cardamom shows up in a lot of Danish baking. Cardamom is a savory member of the ginger family and whenever I use it in a recipe, the food disappears quickly!

I always get repeat requests when I bring a batch of Danish cookies to a holiday party. Let's make some!

Danish Cardamom Cookie Recipe


Danish cardamom cookie reipce
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Tip: Cardamom is one of the more expensive spices. Instead of paying $20 a bottle (yes you read that right) for cardamom, I buy cardamom from the bulk bin for $6 at my local yuppie health food store which is enough to fill one and a half empty spice bottles from - you guessed it! - that first expensive glass bottle of cardamom I bought.

You will need:

3/4 cup softened salted butter (or lactose free butter substitute)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cardamom
2 cups flour
1/2 cup ground almonds (if you don't have almonds or a nut allergy it is OK to leave them out)
Powdered sugar for topping
Whole almonds for garnish (or not)

Make it: 

1. Combine the butter, sugar, and cardamom in a bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. (Fancy baker people call this process creaming.)

2. Thoroughly stir the flour into the butter mixture

3. Thoroughly stir the ground almonds into the cookie dough.

4. Roll approximately one tablespoon of dough into a ball for each cookie you want to make.

5. Roll/dredge the cookie dough ball in a bowl of powdered sugar until it is thoroughly coated with powdered sugar and place it on a cookie sheet or baking stone.

6. Dip the bottom of a drinking glass into the powdered sugar. Use the bottom of the sugar coated glass to flatten the dough balls into cookies.

7. Press an almond into the top of each cookie (or not.)

8. Bake the cardamom cookies for 15-20 minutes in a 375 degree (F) oven until they are golden brown.

Danish cardamom Christmas cookie recipe

9. Eat, enjoy, repeat!

What is your favorite Christmas cookie


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