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Danish Butter Cookies

A lovely rich Danish Butter Cookie, perfect for decorating.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 12 oz butter, cut into 1/2” pieces.
  • 1 lb all purpose flour
  • 5.5 oz sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Put the dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse lightly until combined. Add the butter in three batches, pulsing the mixture each time until it is crumbly. Add one of the eggs and the vanilla and pulse until a large ball forms.
  2. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s smooth and elastic (about a minute). Divide into two balls, cover and place in the fridge until chilled (at least an hour).
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (350 if using convection).
  4. Roll out half the dough to a 1/8″ thickness on a surface dusted with flour. Cut out the shapes with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets. Re-roll any leftover dough with some additional dough from the remaining piece.
  5. Before baking, brush the surfaces of the cookies with a pastry brush dipped in the second well-beaten egg (I use an emulsion whisk to beat the egg).
  6. Bake the cookies until lightly browned (about 12 minutes), turning and rotating the trays if necessary to ensure even browning.


  • This dough freezes exceptionally well. I think it actually produces a more manageable dough and a more tender cookie.
  • Author: Helen Kain
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30