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* Rosette Cookies and Apple Fritters

Updated on December 31, 2016
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Sometimes Titia Geertman loves to cook and bake and showing off her recipes. Some are traditional, some are not, but all are delicious.

Christmas rosette cookies
Christmas rosette cookies | Source

A family tradition: Rosette cookies

Frying Rosette Cookies
Frying Rosette Cookies | Source

Frying delicious crisp and sweet cookies for New Year's Eve

I never knew, until I did some research the other day for this article, that these delicious crisp cookies were of Scandinavian origine. I'm Dutch and as long as I can remember (I'm in my late 60s) we had this family tradition of frying those lovely Rosette Cookieson the day of New Year's Eve, along with some other delicacies.

When my Dad died in 1985, my Mom would still fry those rosette cookies each year, until she moved to an elderly home in 1996. She gave me her Cookie Irons and she made me promise to carry on with the family tradition, which I gladly did and will do till the day I have to pass them on to someone else.

Cookie Irons

The only tool you need to make Rosettes

Cookie Irons come in different shapes - No need to buy a whole bunch, two or three is enough

Cast Iron Rosette Iron Set by SCI Scandicrafts
Cast Iron Rosette Iron Set by SCI Scandicrafts

I usually use only the star and the flower shape because they work the best. I do have the butterfly shape too, but I never get a cookie in one piece from it. Too complicated forms I think.


You'll need Cookie Irons to make Rosettes

Cookie Irons: to make Rosette Cookies

Cookie Irons are the tools that you need to make those delicious crisp cookies called Rosettes or Rosette Fritters.

Rosettes are traditional Christmas and/or New Year cookies which originate from the Scandinavian Countries. They are also often referred to as Swedish Cookies.

Rosette cookies, or rosette fritters as some will call them, are made of pancake batter, they stay crisp for days and they are actually delicous all year 'round, but traditionally baked at the last Holiday period of the year.

In this article you will also find the recipe for our family traditional homemade Apple Fritters for which you can use the same batter as for the Rosette Cookies.

Credit all text and photos, if not mentioned otherwise: Titia Geertman

rosette cookies
rosette cookies | Source

Before you start to make the batter.....

Theres something to consider....

Before you start to make the batter for his recipe, you might consider whether you only want to make the Scandinavian Rosette Cookies, or also want to make the delicious Apple Fritters,which you can find below.

They're made with the same batter. If you want to make both, just double the measurements on the flour, milk and eggs and maybe put a little more salt in it, but not too much.

Rosette Batter Mix - You can either take a pre mixed or you can take normal weat flower and mix your own

Kitchen Supply 7296 Rosette Batter Mix
Kitchen Supply 7296 Rosette Batter Mix

I don't know how the pre mixed batter tastes or works, because we don't have that in my country, so I always make my own batter. But it never hurts to try the pre mixed. I think it will taste delicious.


How to make Rosette Cookies

Once you've eaten these cookies, you won't forget them, ever

I am Dutch, so the ingredients I use will be somewhat different from the ingredients you will use. I never fry my cookies in oil. I use a kind of solid fat, but I don't know if that's available in other countries and what it's called.

Anyway you can fry the cookies in oil too and you will need the product you normally fry your stuff in. You know best what you normally use to fry things in your kitchen.

It should be a neutral tasting oil though.

Rosette iron dipped in batter
Rosette iron dipped in batter | Source

Recipe to make Rosette Cookies

Serves: about 30 - Prep Time: 10 minutes - Total Time: 30 minutes to make them all

The Ingredients:

* 1 c. all purpose flour

* 1 eggs

* 1 c. milk

* 1/8 tsp. salt

* powdered sugar

* frying pan

* frying fat for deep frying or oil

* big batter bowl

This is how you start:

Heat the fat or oil to about 385 degrees (F). You can either use a thermometer, or check it by throwing in a tiny piece of bread (when it starts bubbling right away, it's hot enough).

While the fat is heating, take a big batter bowl and put in the flour, the eggs, the salt and start beating slowly, while adding the milk gradually until you get a smooth mass, like pancake batter. Not too thin, not too thick. Ad flour or milk if needed to get it right.

You'll need the Rosette Iron tool for this

(see elsewhere in this article as to where to get them).

Don't push the cookie iron too deep into the batter

The left one has been pushed too deep in the batter, the right one is the way to do it right.
The left one has been pushed too deep in the batter, the right one is the way to do it right. | Source

Frying oil or frying fat?

I always use Diamant frying fat, but you can also use frying oil, depending on what suits you best.

Frying fat or frying oil, it really doesn't matter which one you use.
Frying fat or frying oil, it really doesn't matter which one you use. | Source

Let the cookies drip

Let it drip out a bit and then put the rosette into the hot fat or oil, it will fry to lightbrown within a minute. Take it out and use a fork to let the cookie fall off the iron onto a papertowel layered big bowl or plate. Let them cool off and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Frying the cookies
Frying the cookies | Source

Frying the rosette cookies

You put the rosette into the hot fat or oil and let it sit there for 1 or 2 minutes.Take the iron out the oil and dip it into the batter, but NOT all the way down, leave a trim or you won't be able to get your cookie off, when it's done.

The first cookie might come off a bit difficult, but the next cookies should come off more easy. Then repeat the dipping and frying, till you have enough cookies.

Homemade rosette cookies
Homemade rosette cookies | Source

Rosette Cookies are originally Scandinavian

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Have you ever tasted Apple Fritters?

How to fry Apple fritters

Apple fritters
Apple fritters | Source

It's So easy to make these delicious apple fritters

While you're making those crispy Rosette Cookies, you might as well think about making some Apple Fritters right after, because it only takes a bit more batter to make them and they are just so tasty.

When you have made enough batter, here's what you can do next:

1. lower the temp of the frying pan, when you're done frying Rosette Cookies.

2. Peel 5 or 6 big apples (rennets are the best), leave them whole.

3. Pinch out the core with an apple corer.

4. Slice them in 1/2 inch slices.

5. Heat up the fat or oil again to 375 degrees F

6. Put the slices into the blatter.

7. Take them out with a fork, let them drip and put them in the hot fat or oil.

8. Let them fry a bit and then turn them over, when they're gold colored, take them out with a skimmer, let them drip and put them on a with papertowel covered plate.

9. When all batter is gone, arrange the apple fritters nicely on a plate and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

You can eat them warm or cold, either way they are just delicious.

Now you've read about Rosette Cookies and Apple Fritters...

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Two kitchen tools to make your work easier

You'll need an apple corer

You need at least an apple corer in order to be able to get the core out of the apple without breaking it in pieces. Apple fritters should be round with a hole in the middle.

You'll need a skinner

You also need a skimmer to get the apple fritters out of the hot oil. Attention: The hot oil or fat might get a bit spatty when you leave the fritters in the fat or oil too long. So take care that you don't get spatted on your arms or face.

I forgive you for talking with your mouth full - can't keep away from those cookies, can you.

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      Pierre 2 years ago

      I've tried other fritter reecpis and they were hard and just not very good. Just made these this morning and they were WONDERFUL!!!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I have never seen the rosette cookie iron before but what a wonderful tradition for you to carry on through the holidays. Your images are delightful and make me feel almost as though I were back on the farm again. Thank you for sharing this wonderful family tradition.

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