Miniature Danish Cookies

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This is a very old recipe that has been in my family for countless generations. The recipe is pretty easy to make and once you start eating them you can't stop.

They're possibly the simplest and best cookies you ever might have the fortune of eating. I swear.
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Step 1: Go get stuff

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The recipe calls for:

1/2 lb of soft unsalted butter
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups of flour

Jelly (grape, strawberry, mint and apricot are crowd favorites)

Step 2: Start mixing

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In a large bowl start mixing together the sugar, butter and vanilla.

Step 3: Egg yolks

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Separating egg yolks is actually quite easy.

Crack an egg into a small bowl and gently grab around the egg yolk with your hand lifting it slightly above the bowl. All of the excess egg will drip away and you will be left with just the yolk in your hand.

Place the yolk in the large mixing bowl with the butter/sugar/vanilla mixture.

Repeat the process with the second egg.

Once the yolks are added mash them into the mixture with your wooden cooking spoon.

Step 4: Mix the flour

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Measure out a cup of flour and start to mix it into the cookie dough. When the dough starts to thicken, add the second cup of flour.

Mix until the cookie dough is a smooth light brown.

Step 5: Make small balls

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In the palm of your hand, roll the dough into small balls of about the diameter of a quarter and place on your cookie sheet about two to three inches apart.

When all of the balls are placed, stick your thumb into the center and flatten the ball. This will create both a flatter cookie and a little crater in which you will pour the filling.

Step 6: Add the filling

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With a spoon, place a small amount of jelly (or other filling) into the center of the cookie.

Don't fill it too much because when you cook it the filling tends to bubble and spread out.

Step 7: Bake

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then bake the cookies for 15 minutes.

Let them cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing them from the tray.

Step 8: Eat

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Start eating them.

If you don't like them, Fed Ex them to me.
_maredith made it!1 year ago

made these on valentines day and everyone loved them! super simple and very delish! thank you=]

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S189 made it!4 years ago
There's so many thumbprint cookie recipes out there I had a hard time deciding which one to try, until I came across your Instructable. Just wanted to say thank you for the how-to and recipe, I made them for my family for Christmas and they were a bit hit! They came out so buttery and jammy and delicious. Loved them!
atropos made it!6 years ago
I made these this evening. I had no vanilla and no jelly. I substituted the jelly with blackberry jam preserves and the vanilla for cinnamon. These things are freakin awesome. Thanks very much!
Lindie7 months ago

So glad you did this instructable, as I lost the recipe!!! Thank you!!!


The Mother. ;-)

randofo (author)  Lindie7 months ago

Did you make them? You should post an 'I made it' picture!

Lindie randofo7 months ago

No, I didn't. I shared the family recipe. I will share a picture soon!

Toxicity5 years ago
Nice! I am half danish my self, so this is really awesome
my family calls them "Thumb print Cookies" because of course you use your thumb to smush them down :)
animerika6 years ago
this recipe looks awesome I can't wait to try it
Noodle936 years ago
These are a common favourite in Australia called jam drops.
Janie117 years ago
OMG these r soooo much better when you don't melt the butter they r way less crumbuly and OMG sooooooo good!
randofo (author)  Janie117 years ago
Indeed they are.
Janie117 years ago
These were really good but when i did it i melted the butter on acsidient but after sicking it in the fridge for a few min. it was fine Good recipie!
abnor7 years ago
hehehe. i made a few of these from stealing the cookie dough packages from home-made-cookie-boxes, just popped them in the oven with some weird gift jelly (orange, apple cinnamon, raspberry), and they were QUITE delicious. great instructable.
abnor7 years ago
what do you do with the egg whites? eat it? save it? throw it? i demand an instructable for egg whites >:0
Kaiven7 years ago
Umm... is nutella needed for the filling, cookie, or is it it needed at all?(make any sense?) i dont know what it is and would like to make these.
Kaiven Kaiven7 years ago
also, how much is a pound of butter? two cups?
randofo (author)  Kaiven7 years ago
I had to look that up. According to Google, 1lb. is 2 cups. Nutella is not needed at all. It's optional. You can fill it with most anything. Hershey kisses work well too. Jelly is ideal.
Kaiven randofo7 years ago
hehehe... might use a bag of caramel filled hershey kisses... yummyness! great instructable
AustralLord7 years ago
Thanks for this recipe, I make em for my family and they don't make it past the cooling part (OW!burn! but they're so good!)
randofo (author)  AustralLord7 years ago
Awesome! Yeah, they are tasty.
Easy Button7 years ago
mmmmm these are so good
yummy that sounds good.
steve blair8 years ago
My mother makes something similar (it might actually be the exact same cookies, but I've never really paid attention to what goes in them), only she puts the jam in after they've been cooked. We call them thumb-print or thimble cookies though. She usually only makes them at Christmas though, and now I've got a craving...
Maujabur8 years ago
Great recipe! Just made the second batch! the first one was gone fast... Also, the dog loves them ;) but i guess it can make it ill... Congrats
randofo (author)  Maujabur8 years ago
I'm glad you and your dog liked them.
donnauwanna8 years ago
This is one of the easiest cookie recipes I've ever had the pleasure of baking. It's also a great recipe if you enjoy cooking with friends and family (kids tend to enjoy the dough-kneading, thumb-stamping, choosing the jelly, and filling the centers. hell, friends and roommates dig it, too--especially if it means they get cookies). Plus, having made countless batches of these for holidays and (not so) special occasions, I can attest that they do tend to go over really well, and they taste mighty great, too!
Lifje8 years ago
ehehe this is really funny...i'm danish but i've never seen these cookies :P Well if u say it's an old recipe then they might have gone out of fashion overhere....Anyway they look really nice :) do you have any idea of how they are called?
randofo (author)  Lifje8 years ago
My family is originally from eastern Europe, so I'm not sure nationality has anything to do with it... I think the cookies are named after this:

Lindie8 years ago
Hey Randofo, those look scrumptous! You are like a professional baker, WOW!
edbro8 years ago
I already tried the Danish Cookie Diet but I didn't lose any weight!
canida8 years ago
These do taste good. I just ate several.