Kleinur Recipe: Discover the Traditional Icelandic Twisted Doughnuts

Dish recipes: Kleinur
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Kleinur, traditional Icelandic twisted doughnuts, are a delightful treat enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. These deep-fried pastries boast a unique twisted shape and a hint of cardamom flavor, making them a beloved part of Icelandic culinary heritage. Whether enjoyed with a cup of coffee for breakfast or as a sweet snack any time of day, Kleinur offer a taste of Icelandic tradition and hospitality.


4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Vegetable oil for frying


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, ground cardamom, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then add the milk and melted butter. Mix well. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until a smooth dough forms. Cover the dough and let it rest for about 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut the dough into strips, about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. Make a slit lengthwise in the middle of each strip, then twist one end through the slit to create the traditional Kleinur shape. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 350°F (175°C). Fry the Kleinur in batches until they are golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the Kleinur from the oil and drain them on paper towels.


Serve the Kleinur warm or at room temperature. These twisted doughnuts are delicious on their own or with a dusting of powdered sugar. Enjoy them alongside a cup of coffee or tea for a delightful Icelandic treat.

Kleinur are more than just doughnuts they are a symbol of Icelandic tradition and hospitality. With their twisted shape and aromatic flavor, Kleinur are sure to bring joy to any occasion, whether enjoyed with family and friends or savored as a special treat.