Vanilla cookies

Vanilla cookies

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Scandinavian Christmas
Makes
80
Photographer
Lars Ranek

‘Vaniljekranse’ are the most popular Danish cookie and we form them with a special press, though it’s easy to make them without. Use vanilla pods for the best flavour and the tiny black seeds.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 vanilla pods
250g caster sugar
500g plain flour, sifted, plus more to dust
375g cold salted butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg, beaten

Method

  1. Split the vanilla pods lengthways and scrape out the seeds with a knife. Mix the sugar and flour in a bowl, then rub in the butter with your fingertips. Add the egg and vanilla seeds, working with your fingers until the dough forms a ball. Knead on a lightly floured surface for one or two minutes, wrap in cling film and chill overnight.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200°C. Roll the dough into sausages 1 x 5–6cm long. Curl each into a ring and press the ends together. Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for about seven minutes. (You will need to bake in batches.) Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight tin for three to four weeks.
Tags:
Scandinavia
Denmark
Sweden
Norway
Christmas
baking
hygge
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
cookies
gingerbread
seasonal
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