Goro – pressed thin in a special cookie iron and flavored with cardamom – are a cross between a cracker, a cookie, and a waffle. There are still irons existing from the 17th century, imprinted by blacksmiths with customized designs for families who could afford the expensive butter, cream, (and, in some recipes, cognac) that it took to prepare what is perhaps Norway's most beautiful baked good.
To make a basic goro batter that yields 48 crackers, you will need:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp. vanilla)
- 1 cup whipped cream, whipped to firm peaks
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp. cognac or brandy (optional)
- 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. freshly ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- A damp towel to immediately wipe up batter spills.
Trace a rectangular pattern the same size as your goro iron onto parchment or other paper; cut out.