Okay. So I live in Minnesota. Generally speaking, if you live in Minnesota, you are either German or Scandinavian or some mixture of the two. (I'm aware there are exceptions, and pockets of other nationalities, but whose story is this?) I am not German. And while I'm not exclusively Scandinavian by heritage, I might as well be.
Having said this, I was shocked to find, when I started dating my now-husband, that his family (also Scandinavian) had a holiday tradition of making a type of cookie that, not only had I never tried, but I'd never even HEARD of. Very disturbed, let me tell you.
So of course, I learned to make this wonderful treat. My husband calls it fuh-tee-mun, but I've discovered that it's properly called Fattigman, which translates loosely to Poor Man's Cookies. They're very subtle, and very light. And very delicious.
It has become my personal tradition to make these when my family gets together to make lefse during the holidays, since we're all rolling pins and flour on that day anyway. (I've got pics of that too, but it's not a dessert, so it'll have to wait.)
Here is this year's fattigman masterpiece. I brought it home for my husband, and it was pretty much gone by the time I came home from work. =0/ Men.
They're rolled cookies, which are then cut into a diamond shape, with a slit in the middle. I have both a special roller for these, and a cookie cutter, but this year couldn't find either, so I ended up cutting them out by hand with a butter knife. My MIL leaves them flat when she fries them, but traditionally they're twisted like this, and I figured twisting them would hide the imperfections from my novice cutting job.
I also fry up all the little odds and ends. No sense in letting them go to waste, they're just as tasty, just not as pretty!!!
Oh, also, you most often will see fattigman sprinkled with powdered sugar, but I'm of the opinion that it's not necessary. They're delicious as-is.
Recipe (from memory, I'll edit later if I need to)
3 egg yolks
3 Tbps cream
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4- 1/2 tsp cardamom
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 c. flour
Mix until just blended. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest refrigerated for a couple of hours until chilled. Roll out 1/2 of the dough at a time to 1/16" thickness and cut into diamond shapes, with a slit down the middle. Twist if desired. Fry for 1.5 minutes in LARD at 350 degrees F, flipping once.
Rest on a paper towel, sprinkle with powdered sugar (or not). YUM!