On the Menu Today~
Whether it’s friends dropping by your home or
your entire family visiting for the holidays,
you can never go wrong with a Racine Kringle!
In my house we tend to “overindulge” in the
Racine Kringle during the holidays~
Kringle, is an oval shaped, authentic,
Danish pastry produced predominately in Racine County, WI.
Each Kringle has thirty-two layers of flaky dough,
then shaped into an oval.
After filling with fruit, nuts or
other flavor combinations, the pastry is baked and iced.
Said to be “The only Kringle a self respecting Dane would eat”
What is a Kringle?
A Kringle is a butter-layered Danish pastry,
that were introduced to Racine WI in the late 1800’s,
by immigrant Danish bakers.
the kringle is traditionally a “pretzel-shaped”,
almond-filled coffee cake called Wienerbroth.
The shape of a Kringle,
pretzel-shaped in Denmark,
is the Danish sign for bakery,
hence the name Kringle.
Outside every bakery in Denmark,
you’ll find a sign with a Kringle on it.
The pretzel shaped is still used in Denmark but in the US,
the pretzel shape has been replaced with the oval shape.
At one time,
Racine was home to more Danes than anywhere else in the country.
As a result, there are more Kringle shops in Racine than you’ll find anywhere else.
Racine WI is known as the “most Danish City in America”
There you will find the best bakeries to enjoy an authentic Danish Kringle.
Wisconsin named the Kringle it’s “Official
Further etching the kringle into Wisconsin’s
Here is a list of three of my favorite Kringle Stops~
In alphabetical order…
Larsen’s Bakery bills itself as
“Racine’s Original Kringle.”
Made from a centuries old Copenhagen recipe.
Larsen’s makes 30+
varieties of Kringle.
Larsen’s three days to make the
a light, flaky, butter crust.
Fresh fruits, nuts, and
seasonal ingredients are used for the fillings and
then the kringle is topped with an icing.
Well-known in Southeastern Wisconsin,
Bakery Kringle are sold across the country.
It’s an almost four-decade, family-run bakery.
Ernie Hutchinson purchased the bakery in 1969
from Eirner Larsen.
Ernie kept the name and
Now Debbie and Don
are following in their father’s footsteps,
running the family bakery where they maintain
the quality and
customer service people expect at Larsen’s.
You can buy Larsen’s Kringle here: Larsen’s Bakery
O & H Bakery:
There is nothing quite as
comforting as a slice of delicious
kringle and a steaming hot cup of coffee.
One reason why O & H Bakery has been baking Kringle and
other Danish pastries since
O & H Bakery provides you with a Kringle
that is light,
tender and flaky.
O & H kringle are made with only quality ingredients.
O & H Bakery strives to provide you with outstanding service,
that comes from their family’s values and integrity.
Christian Olsen immigrated to
Racine, as a young boy,
from Denmark in the
He partnered with Harvey Holtz and
together they founded O & H Bakery in May, 1949.
By 1963, Christian’s son Ray and
purchased the Holtz share of the business.
They worked hard to build the bakery business and
taught their three
Dale, Mike, and Eric the family recipes and values.
The fourth generation of children
and talented bakers
are still working hard at making the delectable kringle
their family has so proudly produced for over 60 years.
You can buy O & H Kringle online here: O & H Bakery
Danish immigrant bakers introduced the Kringle to Racine and
Southeast Wisconsin in the late 1880’s.
Bakers at Racine Kringle start with the freshest ingredients
to make the authentic pastry dough.
The pastry is then filled with the finest in nuts,
fruit or a gourmet filling.
Then shaped into the distinctive Kringle oval and
baked until golden brown.
The kringle is generously spread with a rich vanilla or
Racine Kringle is also a
Certified Dairy Kosher Product and
carries the official Kosher seal.
You can find Racine Kringle in most
supermarkets or online here: Racine Kringle
We purchase a kringle each year,
to enjoy with our coffee on Thanksgiving morning….
our way of kicking off the “Kringle Season”
This year we enjoyed a Cherry Cheese Kringle from O & H Bakery.
Racine made Kringles are enjoyed by millions each year.
It’s now a key part of the community’s tradition.
The Racine Kringle has put Racine County on the food map.
Racine Kringle has been featured on the Food Network,
the Travel Channel and the Today Show.
Racine Kringles are shipped all over the world…
especially at Christmas.