Danish Butter Cookies
It only takes a short list of ingredients to make these delicious Danish Butter Cookies!
For years, I wanted to make my own Danish Butter Cookies. I’ve had my fair share of the kind in the tins at Christmas time, but I really wanted to try baking them myself.
So, as I tend to do, I did a good bit of reading about different ways to make them. And let me tell you that there are a whole lot of opinions out there, from the type of butter to use to how to shape them and a whole lot in between.
Ultimately, I feel that these should be very simple cookies. A short list of ingredients and a no-fuss method are what make them so good.
Of course, quality ingredients are always key, especially when the ingredient list is short. Some bakers prefer to make these cookies European butter, which has a higher fat content. I generally don’t bake with anything other than standard butter, and I imagine that is what most home bakers use. However, either kind should serve you well for this recipe.
When it comes to how to shape the cookies, I like to pipe them in simple circle with a large star tip. I’ll be the first to tell you that my piping skills aren’t great. But this is a simple shape that even I can manage to make. I use a Wilton 1M open star tip, and I highly recommend you not try to use anything smaller than that. The dough is thick but that size tip works fine with a little effort. Experiment with other tips and shapes if you like. Have fun!
Don’t be shy when sprinkling the cookies with sugar. The cookies themselves aren’t very sweet, so you need that extra sugar for sweetness. You can use granulated sugar, sanding sugar, or a combination of the two. If you’re looking for something more festive, try a colored sanding sugar.
One last tip I’ll offer is to be careful not to over-bake these cookies. It’s very easy to do that. Take the cookies out of the oven just as they’re beginning to brown around the edges.
I’m a complete convert for these homemade Danish Butter Cookies! They are SO much better than the cookies in the tin. And you’ll love how easy they are to make! This is one cookie recipe I’ll be making for years to come!