Fargo's Krumkake Queen still turning out tasty treatsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is a good thing the drastic butter shortage going on in Norway right now hasn’t impacted Fargo-Moorhead yet. That sure wouldn't go over very well with the Krumkake Queen Donna Carlson. The 86 year-old makes hundreds of the Scandinavian delicacies each year, despite crippling arthritis.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
It is a good thing the drastic butter shortage going on in Norway right now hasn’t impacted Fargo-Moorhead yet. That sure wouldn't go over very well with the Krumkake Queen Donna Carlson. The 86 year-old makes hundreds of the Scandinavian delicacies each year, despite crippling arthritis.
In her cozy South Fargo apartment, Donna Carlson has started stacking another batch of copious Krumkake. Just another day in the kitchen of producing this Christmas creation. Despite pleas and advice from her doctors, Donna has continued to use her Krumkake iron to crank out hundreds of this fragile Norwegian Waffle Cookie.
Donna Carlson – Krumkake Queen: “I said I have to make Krumkake this year, and they said you will not make Krumkake this, and I said you want to bet on that.”
And it has gotten harder since these three fingers can’t cooperate as well but I am grateful the dear Lord let these two work, they are the best anyhow. This despite debilitating Rheumatoid Arthrititis that has significantly crippled her hands.
Donna Carlson: “I eat the first one to make sure it tastes alright.”
And did we say she makes dozens each season to give away, try...
Donna Carlson: “That year I made 500 dozen but usually 150-200 dozen a year.”
She used to use a stove top Krumkake Iron, but now uses and electric. She has to add more milk…and whole milk. ot skim, God Forbid.
Donna Carlson: “I said it won't work, it has to be rich with your butter and you need whole milk.”
Trust me, it tastes as good as it looks, and there is hardly anything healthy about.
Donna Carlson: “Butter,sugar, milk , flour ,and ,Watkins vanilla.”
By mid-morning, the stack was high. The Krumkake Queen had another successful batch, carrying on a tradition she hopes to pass on to her grandchildren.
By the way, Donna even keeps a journal, documenting her final count of krumekake made every year.