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Nordic cookies, anyone? Bake sale this Saturday

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Call it a Nordic pastry emergency.

That’s what happened last year when the Daughters of Norway Embla Lodge No. 2, of Tacoma, sold out of their regionally famous cookies. Two-hundred-dozen cookies. Gone. Like that.

This year?

They more than doubled their stock — to 450 dozen. Lodge volunteers also grilled 800 rounds of lefse, the potato bread, which will be packaged and sold at Saturday’s Nordic Festival at Edgemont Junior High in Edgewood.

The event is a celebration of all things Nordic — music, crafts, art — but especially the food.

The highlight of the event (for this cookie lover) is the bake sale. Embla Lodge members earlier this week met at Pacific Lutheran University’s Scandinavian Cultural Center to mix, mold and bake a half dozen kinds of Nordic cookies.

Festival organizer Diane Nelson described her favorites. There’s traditional butter spritz. Those are the cookies pressed through a mold and baked into a pretty swirl. They also come in ginger. Nelson also described one cookie as “very gingery.” The lodge members call it “the double ginger.”

There’s also krumkake, which is the batter cookie “that’s cooked on a special griddle that puts a design on it, and then rolled into a cone,” Nelson explained. Rosettes, those fried cookies that look something like a snowflake, also were packaged for sale Saturday. Sandbakkels, those delicate shortbread-style cookies pressed into a cup-shaped mold, will surely sell out.

The cookies were baked using a number of recipes from lodge members.

The Sons of Norway will also be at the event, selling a variety of bread and julekaker.

A few more things not to miss:

Scandinavian Cafe: A plated meal with meatballs, red potatoes and lingonberry sauce will be served, along with fresh-grilled potato lefse, Scandi pancakes and Swedish pea soup.

Norwegian items for sale: Nordic craft items include handmade jewelry, sweaters, bakeware and decorative paintings (called rosemaling).

Displays: Nordic culture displays will explain and illustrate Nordic traditions.

Entertainment: Norwegian folk dancers, adult and children choral singers and accordion players.

Sue Kidd: 253-597-8270



When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Edgemont Junior High School, 2300 110th Ave. E., Edgewood.

Tickets: $2 entry; free for children 11 and younger. Free parking.

Sponsored by: Tacoma Daughters of Norway Embla Lodge No. 2

Contact: Festival organizer Diane Nelson at 253-370-0730.