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Danish Lemon Filled Spice Cookies
When I came across this recipe for Danish Lemon Filled Spice Cookies I was more intrigued with the lemon filling part more so then the spice cookie part. The reasoning behind that is a simple one. I’ve never made a filled sandwich cookie before. Out of all of the cookies I’ve made in my lifetime, I’ve never made a filled sandwich cookie. Strange I know but true. Well today is the day to change that fact. I can’t wait, yum!
I decided on Danish Lemon Filled Spice Cookies because we love anything lemony. Combine the lemony filling with the warm spice of ground cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg and you have a delicious cookie. The lemon filling is super easy to whip together and I’m sure would be wonderful sandwiched between any number of cookies. Sugar cookies immediately comes to mind.
Medaljekager or Danish Lemon Filled Spice Cookies are an old Danish recipe that was brought here by the Danes. Scandinavia is not the only place to find Christmas platters heaped with Mandelterter, Ragkakor, Medaljekager, and Hirvensavret. Since the 1860’s when the Danes settled in the Midwest, in particular Minnesota and Wisconsin, Danish settlers have been baking and sharing their recipes for luscious desserts. Most notably Danish kringles and Medaljekager.
In our house, Christmas mornings begin with cups of coffee and a Danish Kringle. This family tradition started one Christmas morning nearly 24 years ago. We bought our first house in early December and soon after we signed papers, we moved in. Needless to say, that Christmas was filled with more ‘unpacking’ boxes than unwrapping gifts. That year on Christmas morning, we enjoyed cups of gas station coffee and a Danish kringle. Our kringle tradition was born.
History of the Danish Kringle
Danish Kringles are butter-layered Danish pastries that were first introduced to Racine, Wisconsin in the late 1800s by immigrant Danish bakers. In Denmark, they are traditionally pretzel-shaped, almond-filled coffee cakes called Wienerbroth. 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.”
In the 1860’s
Kringles were created by German bakers from Austria who introduced their method of rolling butter between layers of yeast dough. When Danish bakers in Copenhagen went on strike, the bakery owners fired them and hired replacements from Austria. Once the Danish bakers returned to work, they continued to make dough the Austrian way. Pretzel-shaped kringles are popular in Denmark, which is the Danish sign for a bakery. Outside every bakery in Denmark, you will find a sign with a kringle on it.