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Danish Butter Cookies in a tin with red tissue paper.

Danish Butter Cookies

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  • Author: Cindy @mycountrytable
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade Danish Butter Cookies are buttery and delicious and super easy to make.  They are also 100 times better than those store-bought cookies in the little tins.


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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spoon & leveled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 stickes) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons warm milk
  • Sugar for sprinkling on tops of cookies


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt and set aside.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a mixing bowl.  Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and creamy, about 1 minute.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix on medium speed until all ingredients are well combined about 1 more minute.  Stop and scrap down the sides of the bowl.  Add the flour/salt mixture on low speed and mix until just incorporated.  Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of warm milk to get the perfect piping consistency.  The dough will be rather thick.
  3. Transfer one half of the dough at a time to a large piping bag fitted with a large open star tip.  I use Ateco #826. Try to use a tip that has an opening on the back end of 1/2 inch.  Otherwise, it will be too hard to pipe the dough through.
  4. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  I don’t often use silicone baking mats but for this recipe I do, to help keep the cookies from spreading.
  5. Pipe the dough onto cookies sheets, about 2-inches in diameter.  Sprinkle the tops generously with granulated sugar.  Place the cookie sheets in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  This also keeps them from spreading.  I actually only prep and bake one cookie sheet at a time.
  6. Meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet halfway through.  Bake until the tops are a light golden brown.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack to completely cool.
  7. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.