That’s What She Said Kleinur (Icelandic Pastries) recipe

That’s What She Said Kleinur (Icelandic Pastries) recipe


Iceland is the No. 1 country in the world for gender equality, and while researching That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together in Iceland, I quickly became addicted to kleinur, a traditional Icleandic confection.  Flavored with cardamom, they are similar to crullers or twisted doughnuts, and perfect with a cup of coffee , when discussing That’s What She Said.

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That's What She Said Kleinur (Icelandic pastries)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen

A book club recipe for Kleinur, Icelandic pastries, inspired by Joanne Lipman's THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID. The doughnut like confections are popular any time of day with a cup coffee.


  • adapted from
  • 5 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Place half of the flour and all of the butter in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse for about 30 seconds, until butter is incorporated. Place the mixture in a mixing bowl. Add the other half of the flour along with the sugar, cardamom, baking soda and baking powder and mix until combined.
  2. Turn the mixture out onto a clean work surface. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and place yogurt and eggs into the well. With your hands, work the flour into the egg /yogurt mixture until well combined into a dough. Add more flour or yogurt if necessary, but do not over knead. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Wrap dough in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Flour a cutting board, place dough on board and dust dough with a little flour. Roll dough into a 20 x 14 inch rectangle. With a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into long strips, each about 2 inches wide. Make diagonal cuts across each dough strip to form 5 equal diamonds (add scraps to stored dough). Cut a tiny slit in the center of each diamond and very gently pull one up end up through the slit to make the twist. Repeat with other half of dough.
  4. Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a large pot to 350°F. Line a dinner plate with paper towels. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower about 5-6 dough pieces into the oil. Fry until one side is golden (about 1 minute), then turn with a spatula and cook the other side a little less time. Place kleinur on the plate to drain and cool. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Repeat with remaining dough.

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