What do we have in Minnesota? Lutherans and Nordskies. Can't say I've ever had a good meal prepared by a good Lutheran unless you like cream-of-whatever soup, but here's a Norwegian cookie that's simple and good:
I'm currently in MSP at the moment and someone told me to think about Rosettes? The cookie with the metal template and frying - what do other Minnesotans think?
In all the time I spent in Minnesota [man I sound like I've lived everywhere don't I?] I've never seen a rosette. The only place I ever saw them were at fairs in Maine, truthfully. For Minnesotan cookies you might think about incorporating the Salted Nut Roll or Nut Goodie [both made by Minneapolis company Pearson's] into some kind of bar. "Bars" are super popular throughout the Dakotas and Minnesota.
i have to agree, in my 17 years living here i have never heard of or seen a rosette. i have often had the peanut roll bar thing though. (((i love bars, i didnt realize that it was a minnesotan thing)))
i actually have a really good recipie that tastes a lot like a salted nut roll, i'll try and find that.
the only other thing i can think of that is just from around here has mainly swedish roots, as everyone here is a scandanavian mutt. i don't quite think that's where you're going, but if you still want a few, i have swedish cookie recipes like you wouldn't beleive...
this sounds really fun!