Danish Butter Cookies

butter cookies

Whenever I go to the grocery store and see that iconic blue tin of butter cookies, it always reminds me of my childhood. My parents used to buy Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies all the time, and it didn’t take that long for us to finish one can. All gone in just one sitting! πŸ™‚ I soooo love butter cookies!

I am sure many of you are smiling right now because you have the same memories. πŸ™‚ Those blue tins are popular not only around Christmas time but all year round. Butter cookies are a great snack as well as dessert. They are a perfect match for a cup of coffee or tea.

You must be missing Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies, huh? πŸ™‚ Well, you really don’t have to go to the store for them. Why? Because you can certainly make a huge batch of Danish Butter Cookies right in your own kitchen! Yes, you heard that right. The recipe is very simple that you can make it every day if you wish to. πŸ™‚

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butter cookies

Danish Butter Cookies

  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x


These Danish Butter Cookies taste like the ones from Royal Dansk – that iconic blue tin. They are buttery and delicious. They can give you all the holiday warm feels. Just pair them with your choice of hot beverage, and you are in for an excellent treat!



I cup butter (unsalted, room temperature)

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 egg

more granulated sugar (for sprinkling)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar for a couple of minutes until combined and fluffy. Add the salt, egg, and vanilla. Beat for another 1 to 2 minutes. Use medium speed.
  3. Reduce the speed and start adding the flour, but do it gradually. Make sure that the flour is completely incorporated and the dough is thick.
  4. Put the dough in a bag fitted with a large open star tip.
  5. Pipe the dough into circles (about 2 inches) on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Put the baking sheet one at a time in the oven and bake for about 15 to 17 minutes or until light golden brown.
  8. Let cool completely before serving.


If you don’t have parchment paper, you can also use silicone mats for the baking sheets.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

For this recipe, it is extremely important that you utilize good quality butter. If you want your cookies to have little flecks of vanilla, simply substitute the vanilla extract with vanilla bean paste. Use an equal amount.

You will enjoy your butter cookies if you let them cool before eating. Now if you want to store some, use an airtight container at room temperature. They should last up to a week. You are free to store them in the freezer as well if you wish for them to last a lot longer (up to 3 months).

Enjoy your Danish Butter Cookies this holiday season!

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