These easy butter cookies will melt in your mouth – they’re deliciously soft and crumbly. They’re a great biscuit for the festive season, but I’d be happy to eat them at any time of year. Make and give these as a homemade edible gift

Danish butter cookies are a delicious melt in your mouth biscuit/cookie. They’re the sort of biscuit you get it in biscuit tins at Christmas but are the perfect treat for any time of year.

With only a few ingredients, they’re relatively quick and easy to bake, and make great gifts for friends and family during the festive season.


Yes. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can make all butter cookies with a medium or large resealable bag. Simply add the dough to the bag, and cut one corner to your desired thickness. Somewhere about 1cm or 1/4 – 1/2 inch would work well. Once you’ve done that, pipe as normal. You won’t get any fluted designs without a proper nozzle, but they’ll still look great.

Alternatively, you can make these by rolling small pieces of dough into balls and pressing them. You’ll get nice round biscuits rather than any fancy wreath shapes, but they’ll still taste the same.


The dough can be hard to pipe if the butter is too hard/cold. If you’re finding it too difficult, try leaving it out at room temperature for the butter to warm up, or add a tablespoon of warm milk to the dough. Once you’ve mixed it in, it should be easier to pipe.

If you’re kids are very young or are still having trouble piping the cookie shapes, try making them without the piping bag.


Once the cookies have cooled down fully, you can store them in an airtight container. They’ll keep for about a week at room temperature, or you can freeze them for up to three months.


  • 250g salted butter softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 250g plain flour


  • STEP 1Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Beat the salted butter, vanilla and sugar together with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Sift over the flour and beat again until just combined. Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a medium star nozzle.
  • STEP 2Pipe the dough in small 5cm swirls on one large or two smaller baking trays lined with baking parchment, spacing them apart to allow for them to spread. Bake for 15-20 mins until pale golden.
  • STEP 3Leave to cool on the trays for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Delicious Danish Cookies

Danish Butter Cookies

If you want a delicious melt in your mouth cookie look no further than these Danish butter cookies. They're a great biscuit for the festive season, but I'd be happy to eat them at any time of year.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine British, danish
Servings 15 people
Calories 101 kcal


  • 125 grams butter
  • 40 grams icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 125 grams All purpose seasoning
  • 2 tbsp cornflour


  • Preheat your oven to 170C / 160C Fan / 340F and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and icing sugar together. Weigh the butter and icing sugar out and add them to a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Cream the butter and icing sugar together with the k paddle of your mixer, a hand held mixer or just some wooden spoons. Cream them, until they are light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and mix it in to your butter /icing sugar mixture.
  • Measure the flour, and cornflour (or just cake flour if you're using it) and add it to your bowl
  • Mix the flour in until everything comes together in a soft ball of dough.
  • Add the butter biscuit dough to a piping bag with a star nozzle attached.
    Pipe circles of biscuit dough on to your prepared baking tray.
    Chill the cookies in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (to help them keep their shape).
  • Bake the butter cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes. They're ready when they have started to turn golden brown at the edges.


If the biscuit dough is too hard, add a tbsp or so of milk to help it come together.
Keyword baking, biscuits, christmas, cooking