Kringla Danish Kringle Recipe

A kringle is a Scandinavian flaky pastry, usually in the shape of a pretzel or a figure 8.

The term “kringla” sometimes used to name this dish seems to be a midwestern variation of “kringle,” which is the traditional name.

Danish Kringle Recipe

Danish Kringle Recipe (Kringla)

Closeup of a kringle.

A traditional recipe for making Danish kringle (or kringla).


  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 3 cups of Flour
  • ½ cup of Margarine (recipe says “oleo”) or Butter
  • 1 cup of Buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla or a dash of Nutmeg


  1. Cream together the sugar and butter.
  2. Add the egg and mix well.
  3. Sift together the baking soda, flour and baking powder and add to the sugar mixture, alternately, with the buttermilk.
  4. Add the vanilla or nutmeg and mix.
  5. Cover tightly and let rest overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. Taking approximately 1 teaspoon at a time, roll the dough into a thin roll and make into a pretzel-like shape.
  7. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in a pre-heated 475° oven until they are brown on the bottom.
  8. Place under broiler for approximately 1 minute (just until brown on top).

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