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Alternative names
Fattigmann bakkels
Place of origin
Main ingredients
Flour, sugar, egg yolks, egg whites, cream, cognac, cinnamon, cardamom
Cookbook:Fattigmann  Fattigmann

Fattigmann (English: poor man), also known as Fattigmann Bakkels (English: poor man pastry), are a type of Norwegian fried-dough cookie. They are also eaten in the areas of North America where Scandinavians settled during the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century.[1][2] The dough is made from egg yolks, egg whites, sugar, cream, cognac, cinnamon, cardamom, and flour.[3][4] It's from the ingredients they get their name, the joke is that they were so expensive to make that they would leave you a poor man.[5]

As immigrants from Norway over time forgot reading and writing Norwegian, the spoken word "fattigmannsbakkels" was transcribed into a "sound-alike", and the cookie is now also known as Futimonbuckles. The name may suit the cookies well, because of the buckled appearance they have.


  1. ^ "Term: fattigmanns bakkels (food)". Dictionary of Wisconsin History. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. ^ Burckhardt, Ann (2004). A cook's tour of Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-87351-468-2. 
  3. ^ "Fattigmanns Bakkels". Sons of Norway. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Fattigmann" (in Norwegian). Aperitif. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Fattigmann". Uncle Phaedrus. Retrieved 2013-02-08.