Easy Traditional Danish Kringle Pastry Recipe

Simple and Authentic Danish Kringle Pastry Recipe - Perfect for Home Baking

Discover the delectable world of kringle pastry – a Danish-inspired pastry that’s become a Wisconsin favorite. This easy-to-make version delivers all the buttery, flaky goodness without the traditional three-day preparation!

Kringles are a beloved treat in Wisconsin, especially in Racine, where Danish immigrants introduced this heavenly pastry in the late 1800s. While the name “kringle” means pretzel in Danish, today’s versions are typically shaped into large rings or rectangles. This simplified recipe brings the authentic taste of Wisconsin right to your kitchen, perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time you crave something sweet and indulgent.

Our kringle recipe features a delicate, buttery pastry filled with tangy sour cherry jam, then topped with a sweet vanilla glaze. It’s a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to become a family favorite. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or looking for a special treat to enjoy with your afternoon coffee, this kringle is guaranteed to impress.

Irresistible Wisconsin Kringle


For the Kringle:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup sour cherry jam

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Using a pastry blender or food processor, cut the flour and butter together until the butter is reduced to small, pea-sized bits. Mix in the sour cream mixture, blending well to form a dough. Divide the dough into two disks, flatten slightly, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar. Set aside. On a floured surface, roll out each dough disk into a 12-by-6 inch rectangle. Spread a thin strip of cherry jam down the center, leaving 2 inches clear on each side and 1.5 inches at both ends. Fold the sides over the center, then fold up the ends. Lightly press to seal and brush with the egg wash.
  4. Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. While the kringle is baking, prepare the icing by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the warm kringle and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Store in a covered container and enjoy within a day for the best flavor and texture.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
308 Calories
20g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 308
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 81mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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