Fattigman Cookies

I spent yesterday baking.

And baking.

And making some treats which needed no baking at all.

I had help but, nevertheless, it was an epic accomplishment with my bum arm.  I produced several types of goodies, but there was one particular treat I was thrilled to be preparing.

For the first time since my car accident, I made fattigman.  (Pronounced, at least by me, as fot-a-min.)

What is fattigman?  It's a, sort-of, diamond shaped, traditional, Norwegian cookie.  Cooks often whip them up at Christmas time, but they're not exclusively a "Christmas cookie."  You can make fattigman anytime you want.  In Scandinavia, they're also known as Poor Man Cookies.

One other important fact, fattigman are fried to create a light, crispy, exterior.

Yes, I said fried.  No, I don't own a deep fryer.  (I live in California, remember?  We're all about healthy eating here.)  I just fry fattigman in a regular old pan.

I'm an improviser.

Before you dismiss fattigman based on the terrible sin of being a fried food, can I just say … nom, nom, nom?!!

Also?

Some foods are made to be splurged on once a year.

My mom used to make fattigman cookies around the holidays.  I've always loved them even though mine never come out perfectly shaped.  They're so different from most cookies.  They aren't overly sweet, but they have just enough sweetness to be satisfying when you're craving a little sumpin-sumpin.  (They're also very good with coffee or hot tea.)

I mentioned fattigman on Twitter and it generated several requests for me to post about these delicious treats.  There are many variations to fattigman recipes, but here's the one that has been handed down in my family:

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

4 Tablespoons cream (heavy cream not half and half!)

1/4 cup (1 stick) melted butter

1 pinch of salt

4 cups of flour (plus some extra flour for rolling the dough)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cardamom (you can substitute a mix of cinnamon/nutmeg if you can't find cardamom)

Powdered sugar

Oil for deep frying

Directions:

You will need two bowls.

In one bowl beat the eggs.  

Add in the sugar, continuing to beat the mixture.  Next, add in the cream and melted butter.  

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Beat until the ingredients are well mixed.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ones until well mixed.  The dough will be sticky.  Add in more flour until the dough is soft and ready to be rolled.

Roll the dough very thin.  (Thank you to my daughter for helping out with this part!)

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Cut the dough into diamonds.  (There is a special fattigman cutter you can buy, or you can just use a pizza cutter like we did – or you can even use a table knife to cut the dough into diamonds.)

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Cut a slit in the middle of each diamond strip and pull one end through the slit.  

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Fry briefly – they cook very quickly.  They should be a light golden color.  (Seriously, you need to watch them closely or they'll burn.  Not that I would know anything about that ….)

Allow the cookies to drain and cool on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.  Finally, sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Voila!  

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Fattigman cookies!  

(My son was inhaling them as fast as I could make them.)

© Twenty Four At Heart

29 Responses to “Fattigman Cookies”

  1. Mad Woman

    I’m going to ignore the actual recipe for fear of putting back ON all the weight that I’ve lost in the last 5 weeks and just say YAY for making cookies even with a bum arm and awesome pics. They look yummy!

  2. Mad Woman

    I’m going to ignore the actual recipe for fear of putting back ON all the weight that I’ve lost in the last 5 weeks and just say YAY for making cookies even with a bum arm and awesome pics. They look yummy!

  3. Mad Woman

    I’m going to ignore the actual recipe for fear of putting back ON all the weight that I’ve lost in the last 5 weeks and just say YAY for making cookies even with a bum arm and awesome pics. They look yummy!

  4. di

    Gosh those look good.. and they’re pretty too so would display well during a Christmas party on a holiday plate.
    Thanks for the recipe my dear! Hope your holidays are as delish as those cookies look!!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  5. di

    Gosh those look good.. and they’re pretty too so would display well during a Christmas party on a holiday plate.
    Thanks for the recipe my dear! Hope your holidays are as delish as those cookies look!!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  6. di

    Gosh those look good.. and they’re pretty too so would display well during a Christmas party on a holiday plate.
    Thanks for the recipe my dear! Hope your holidays are as delish as those cookies look!!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  7. Erin

    too much work for me…any cookie that you have to roll out is not on my list 🙂 but, they do look delish.
    have a wonderful california christmas… we are having a white christmas here and i would gladly trade it for sunshine and blue skies 🙂

  8. Erin

    too much work for me…any cookie that you have to roll out is not on my list 🙂 but, they do look delish.
    have a wonderful california christmas… we are having a white christmas here and i would gladly trade it for sunshine and blue skies 🙂

  9. Erin

    too much work for me…any cookie that you have to roll out is not on my list 🙂 but, they do look delish.
    have a wonderful california christmas… we are having a white christmas here and i would gladly trade it for sunshine and blue skies 🙂

  10. Maureen@IslandRoar

    They look so good!
    It’s okay to be a little decadent this time of year.
    At least that’s what I keep telling myself….
    Quite an accomplishment with your arm; way to go!!
    I’m sure the Torturer is very proud!

  11. Maureen@IslandRoar

    They look so good!
    It’s okay to be a little decadent this time of year.
    At least that’s what I keep telling myself….
    Quite an accomplishment with your arm; way to go!!
    I’m sure the Torturer is very proud!

  12. Maureen@IslandRoar

    They look so good!
    It’s okay to be a little decadent this time of year.
    At least that’s what I keep telling myself….
    Quite an accomplishment with your arm; way to go!!
    I’m sure the Torturer is very proud!

  13. Jane

    Oh my goodness these sound yummy! Have a very merry Christmas and thanks for adding to my waistline – I mean, repetoire!

  14. Jane

    Oh my goodness these sound yummy! Have a very merry Christmas and thanks for adding to my waistline – I mean, repetoire!

  15. Jane

    Oh my goodness these sound yummy! Have a very merry Christmas and thanks for adding to my waistline – I mean, repetoire!

  16. Kelly

    I’ve had these before!! My neighbor made them and yuuuuuuuuummmmmy!!!

  17. Kelly

    I’ve had these before!! My neighbor made them and yuuuuuuuuummmmmy!!!

  18. Kelly

    I’ve had these before!! My neighbor made them and yuuuuuuuuummmmmy!!!

  19. Torunn

    I am surprised that Fattigmann are made in California! In Norway we do not sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
    I wish you a merry Christmas.
    greetings from Torunn in Oslo,Norway

  20. Torunn

    I am surprised that Fattigmann are made in California! In Norway we do not sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
    I wish you a merry Christmas.
    greetings from Torunn in Oslo,Norway

  21. Torunn

    I am surprised that Fattigmann are made in California! In Norway we do not sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
    I wish you a merry Christmas.
    greetings from Torunn in Oslo,Norway

  22. jessica

    Man those look good. I just got finished making my chocolate banana bread and now chocolate chip cookies. I’m dying to eat all of it

  23. jessica

    Man those look good. I just got finished making my chocolate banana bread and now chocolate chip cookies. I’m dying to eat all of it

  24. jessica

    Man those look good. I just got finished making my chocolate banana bread and now chocolate chip cookies. I’m dying to eat all of it

  25. danette

    My grandmother always made fattigman and we all LOVE it. My husband is always begging me to make it. 🙂 I made a huge batch to serve to the family at her funeral. Everyone loved it.

    Her recipe is slightly different and this is the first time I’ve heard of the knot. She just fried hers in the diamond shaped strips.

  26. Chris Rawstern

    My whole family is happy to see this recipe, as we had something similar growing up. My Mom and Grandmother called them Hozen Blozen, or Hosen Blosen. Grandma came from Slovakia in the early 1900s. There were many Hungarian incursions in the area she was from and Hungarian recipes and styles of cooking were common. My sisters and I have been brainstorming all the wonderful traditional foods we can recall, and these were one I had forgotten. Thank you!

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