Danish Christmas Cookies Recipe

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 Updated 07/07/2015

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Traditionally throughout Europe special spicy cookies and cakes have been cooked to celebrate Christmas and other religious festivals.


  • 4oz plain flour
  • 4oz butter
  • 4oz caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon or ground cardamom
  • pinch salt
  • blanched almonds to decorate
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Put aside the egg white, 1 tablespoon of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or cardamom for glazing.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the yolk of the egg, the sugar, salt and spice.
  4. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon and then knead until smooth.
  5. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Cut out cookie shapes with your favourite cookie cutter.
  7. Mix the egg white with 1 level tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of spice and brush over the cookies.
  8. Put one blanched almond in the centre of each cookie.
  9. Bake in a slow oven until light brown.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 - 20 cookies


great cookies/biscuits (we call them biscuits in the UK). Very easy to make even for someone like me with limited cooking experience. I wonder - does anyone else know of other Danish biscuit recipes? I am interested in learning more about the food Danish people eat at Christmas. Thanks.
#1 - karen - 07/07/2015 - 06:44
I got twenty biscuits out of this, which fitted nicely on my baking tray! It took half an hour almost on the dot at 150˙c. I blanched my own almonds, starting them before I started the biscuit dough - just as many as I thought I'd need in a bowl of hot water, and then I drained them and peeled them once I was ready to decorate the biscuits. I used a bit of ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and mixed spice. A nice, simple recipe for delicious biscuits, no matter what the time of year!
#0 - S. F. - 12/02/2010 - 10:32
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