So, straight-up, I’m Norwegian. Like, I act Norwegian.
Exhibit A: I dress in layers.
Exhibit B: I own a garden gnome. Two, actually.
Exhibit C: I say “uffda”* when picking up something heavy.
And I can tell you what this is:
It’s a sandbakkel tin. Sandbakkels (pronounced “SONd-bockls”) are Norwegian molded shortbread cookies and they’re divine. And so pretty on a cookie plate, too. To make these Old World yummies, you press the shortbread dough into these tins (which look like mini jello molds) and then bake them. In theory, they pop right out. That worked for my mom and my grandma, but no-day-long for me. My signature sandbakkels have butter-knifed chinks around the fluted edges where I forced them out, swearing quietly to myself.
But I think these little tins are just beautiful. Their pretty fluted design is like low-key high-style. And there’s a whole set of shapes for interest! Coming in diamonds, ovals, hearts and circles (and more), they remind me of 1950’s Bridge Night accessories. You know, those needlepointed coasters decorated with hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades? Precious.
I pick sandbakkel tins up at garage sales for almost nothing (‘cuz no one knows what they are) so I have a ton. Yes, I do bake with most of them, but I have A TON. So a few make their way into my decorating.
And onto my walls.
My favorite spot for sandbakkel tins is hung on the wall, usually above a collection of framed photos, like a bindi. To attach them to the wall just hot glue a pop can ring top-center of the inside of the tin. Then hang them on a sewing pin nailed into the wall. Isn’t that cool?
Old World and very cool. Just how I like it!
* This mild expletive is used to express exasperation. Rarely heard out of Minnesota, this saying is as Norwegian as you get.