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“I would help my sister-in-law make these, in November for the "Christmas Fair" event at her church. Scandinavian food was featured at this half day event, along with baked goods and handmade items. She did not have the cutter, so we just cut them into diamond shapes. She used an electric skillet when frying the fattigman. I don't know how many this makes and I did not add the chill time for the dough. So simple, yet very tasty.”
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Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat together egg yolks and sugar.
  2. Whisk in cream.
  3. Stir in cognac and spices.
  4. Beat egg white until it's stiff and carefully stir into other ingredients.
  5. Mix in a little more than half of the flour.
  6. Let dough stand, covered and in a cool place, overnight.
  7. Use the remaining flour (as little as possible) for rolling out the dough; the less flour you use, the more tender the fattigman will be.
  8. Roll the dough out a little at a time and as thinly as possible.
  9. Use a fattigmann cutter to cut out diamond shapes.
  10. Make a small diagonal cut in the center of each diamond, and "thread" one point of the diamond through the cut.
  11. Heat lard to 350º F.
  12. Fry fattigman until golden brown.
  13. You must flip the fattigman to brown both sides.
  14. A chop sticks works great for this.
  15. Drain on paper towels.
  16. Best when 2 people work on these, one cutting/flipping and the other flipping in the hot oil.

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