A Funny Name for a Great Cookie – Fattigmann.

Another recipe from our Norwegian friends.

Fattigmann, also known as poor man’s cookie.


Fattigman is a delicious Christmas cookie. Although these are super easy to make, you still have to plan for the preparation ahead of time. The preparation includes getting your supplies ready and preparing the dough at least a day before. Furthermore, it is ideal to use Cognac for these cookies, but if you have Bourbon available, it will do the work. Either way, Fattigman is a perfect Norwegian Christmas treat.

No. of servings: 15 Fattigmann


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Resting time: 12 hours

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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3 egg yolks

3 tbsp sugar

¾ cups + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

3 tbsp whipping cream

1 Tbs brandy

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp cardamom powder

2 tbsp melted butter

A pinch salt

¼ cup Powdered sugar

Canola oil, for frying




Step 1: In a large bowl, add egg yolks and sugar and mix until everything is combined.

Step 2: Add whipped cream and brandy and mix gently.

Step 3: In another bowl, add all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom powder and mix well.

Step 4: Add the yolk mixture into the dry mixture and mix well.

Step 5: Pour in the melted butter slowly and continue to knead the dough.

Step 6: Adjust the dough, adding more flour if the dough seems too runny.

Step 7: Once the dough is ready, add it to a bowl, cover with clingfilm and place it in the refrigerator overnight.

Step 8: Dust the workstation with flour and roll out the dough using a rolling pin.

Step 9: Roll out enough so that the thickness of the dough is 1/8 inches.

Step 10: With the help of a Fattigmann cutter, cut out diamonds.

Step 11: In a deep pan, pour canola oil and heat.

Step 12: Once the oil reaches 350 degrees F, put the cookies in it one by one working in batches.

Step 13: As the cookies get golden brown color on both sides, remove them from the oil.

Step 14: Transfer the cookies to a paper towel and let them cool.

Step 15: Dust them with powdered sugar and enjoy.


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