Danish Christmas Butter Cookies (Vaniljekranse) Recipe

Danish Christmas Butter Cookies (Vaniljekranse) Recipe: Popular as a Christmas treat or as a season gift, we bring you the real deal. They're amazing!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Denmark
Keyword Christmas
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 personas (3 galletas/person)
Calories 196kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 3/4 cups of blanched almonds
  • 2 cups of flour , sifted
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 3/4 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract


  • Using the food processor pulse the almonds until they turn into powder (the same texture as polenta or granulated sugar).
  • Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, and almonds). Mix butter and dry ingredients in your mixer until everything is mixed well. Add egg and vanilla, mix well.
  • Make a ball with the dough, wrap in plastic film and let it rest in the fridge for half an hour.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 °F [175 °C].
  • Form the cookies (see suggestions in the notes). Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cookies are golden yellow. Cool in a wire rack.
  • When the cookies reach room temperature place in a hermetic jar.


To make the traditional wreath shape place the dough in a piping bag with a medium-size star tip and pipe a ring of 2" in diameter.
You can also use a cookie press (I have this one (Amazon affiliate link) to make cookies in fun shapes.
If you don't have a piping bag or cookie press you can make round cookies by forming a roll with the dough after you cool it down in step 5. Leave the roll in the fridge for an additional hour and then cut into slices 1/4" thick and bake immediately.
To decorate these circles with almonds or coconut do it before baking.
If you are not going to eat all the cookies the same day is best if you keep the jar in the fridge to keep them fresh longer.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.3mg