Danish Butter Cookies are a traditional holiday cookie and our next stop in Christmas Culinary Journey Around the World!
Last week we enjoyed Cinnamon Raisin Kugel a traditional dessert at Hanukkah celebrations! This week are headed to Denmark for those amazing Danish Butter Cookies 🙂
Most of you already know that the inspiration for my blog was my Gram. Grandma Louise was Danish and she also loved Danish Butter Cookies. It seemed to me she always had a tin of them hidden somewhere in her home! I loved enjoying them with her, when I’d go to visit. Earlier this week as I walked into a grocery store, I saw a ginorous display of Danish Butter Cookies and I just knew that it’d be our Culinary Journey recipe for this week! AND by the way. . . homemade butter cookies are waaaaayyy better than the store bought version~ so simple to make too! You’ll totally adore them 🙂
Today, we’re visiting Denmark to enjoy some Danish Butter Cookies and to look at a few Danish Christmas tradions. Denmark is a country steeped in Christmas traditions, from the well-known to the quirky. I’ll be highlighting some of their tradition. . . I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the ways we’ve adopted Danish Christmas Traditions into our celebrations!
Danish Butter Cookie is called Vaniljekranse in Danish and tranlated means vanilla wreath! They’re fabulous with hot cocoa or coffee.
The Danes’ Christmas begins with the Advent wreath. The wreath has four candles, each of which is lit every one of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve the 24th of December. Traditionally the Advent wreath is made out of fine spruce twigs and cuttings, often decorated with red berries and spruce cones, white candles and red ribbons for attaching the wreath to the ceiling.
The Calendar Candle:
Another December tradition is the calendar candle. This candle is, just like a tape measure, provided with 24 markings, normally decorated with motives of fir and little pixies with red cheeks, wearing red hats and dancing merrily in yellow clogs. In most families the candles are lit every day from December 1st as a soothing factor in a hectic period, quite often at the breakfast table. Frequently it is the childrens’ duty to blow out the candle before it burns down too far into the next date!
All Danish kids get one or more Advent calendars – or Christmas calendars as they are called in Denmark. The two big television channels each year produce a special new Christmas series divided into 24 episodes to keep the children’s excitement in a high gear. The more fortunate children also get a gift calendar consisting of 24 small presents, one for each day before Christmas, individually bought and wrapped by their parents.
According to the Catholic Church Lucia is the saint of light (lux = light in Latin). She is celebrated on the night between the 12th and the 13th of December, especially in schools, retirement homes, hospitals and other institutions all over Denmark, with small girl processions and traditional singing. Legend has it that Lucia, in order to keep her hands free, wore a wreath with candles on her head so that she could (illegally) feed the poor Christians on the hide in the catacombs of ancient Rome.
The world famous Danish Christmas Seals celebrate their 104 anniversary this year. That makes them the worlds oldest of their kind and it is probably only to be expected that the country which originally invented the postal system also created the Christmas seal.
Since its debut in 1904 the seals have been copied in many countries around the world. They are designed each year by specially invited artists and produced by the Julemærkefonden charity. Among the most famous designers is the Danish Queen Margrethe II, who at many occasions has proved to posses extraordinary artistic skills.
Bake up our Danish Butter Cookies as part of your holiday celebrations this year!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Much Love and Peace~
- ⅞ cup butter (14 tablespoons), room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups flour
- ⅓ cup almond flour
- pastry bag with #824 open tip star
- white sparkling sugar sprinkles
- Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
- Place piece of parchment paper on cookie sheet; set aside.
- Cream butter in a large mixing bowl.
- Add sugar and vanilla bean seeds; mix 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing 2 minutes and scraping bowl with each addition.
- Add flours at one time, mix just until combined.
- Place half of dough in pastry bag with a large open star tip, pipe dough circles on prepared pans.
- Sprinkle on sprinkles.
- Bake 6-7 minutes until edges lightly brown.
- Add additional sprinkles if desired.
- Cool on rack, repeat until all cookies are formed, and baked.
- Store in a cookie tin.
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