Let the Cookies Crumble
Cookies and other treats are also big business in Icelandic winter festivities; with the smell of chocolate, liquorice, orange, and meringue filling the air of kitchens of the keen, although it is good to know that taking on the challenge of baking these treats requires a small army.
Lakkrís Toppar (liquorice tops) are small meringues filled with pieces of liquorice coated in chocolate, giving you that sweet and sour balance without being too overpowering, even if you are not the biggest fan of liquorice.
Appelsínusmákökur are small orange flavoured cookies topped with a little chocolate, again perfect little bites to keep your hunger pains away or perfect with a coffee.
Bessastaðakökur (Bessastað cookies) were popularised by the 4th president of Iceland, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, with the biscuits taking their name from the presidential residence. These buttery shortbread style cookies with almond are a more sophisticated treat, still perfect for any occasion year round.
Lastly, Sörur cookies or Sarah's cookies in English, are a staple for Icelandic festive preparations, with their meringue base, buttercream filling and dipped in chocolate. Taking hours to prepare, which involves chilling the cookies between each layer, these treats are well worth the hassle and wait, and are one of the most popular homemade treats in Iceland today.