Introduction: 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.

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! (author)2014-03-14

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

S189 made it! (author)2011-01-02

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! (author)2009-01-25

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!

Lindie (author)2014-12-20

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


The Mother. ;-)

randofo (author)Lindie2014-12-22

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

Lindie (author)randofo2014-12-22

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

Toxicity (author)2009-08-11

Nice! I am half danish my self, so this is really awesome

kelli_enkeli (author)2009-07-05

my family calls them "Thumb print Cookies" because of course you use your thumb to smush them down :)

animerika (author)2009-06-29

this recipe looks awesome I can't wait to try it

Noodle93 (author)2009-01-04

These are a common favourite in Australia called jam drops.

Janie11 (author)2008-07-19

OMG these r soooo much better when you don't melt the butter they r way less crumbuly and OMG sooooooo good!

randofo (author)Janie112008-07-21

Indeed they are.

Janie11 (author)2008-07-18

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!

abnor (author)2008-07-03

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.

abnor (author)2008-06-23

what do you do with the egg whites? eat it? save it? throw it? i demand an instructable for egg whites >:0

Kaiven (author)2008-06-08

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 (author)Kaiven2008-06-08

also, how much is a pound of butter? two cups?

randofo (author)Kaiven2008-06-09

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 (author)randofo2008-06-09

hehehe... might use a bag of caramel filled hershey kisses... yummyness! great instructable

AustralLord (author)2008-01-27

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)AustralLord2008-01-27

Awesome! Yeah, they are tasty.

Easy Button (author)2007-08-13

mmmmm these are so good

watermelon12 (author)2007-07-31

yummy that sounds good.

steve blair (author)2007-07-24

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...

Maujabur (author)2007-06-17

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)Maujabur2007-06-17

I'm glad you and your dog liked them.

donnauwanna (author)2007-06-15

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!

Lifje (author)2007-06-08

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)Lifje2007-06-08

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:

Lindie (author)2007-06-05

Hey Randofo, those look scrumptous! You are like a professional baker, WOW!

edbro (author)2007-06-05

I already tried the Danish Cookie Diet but I didn't lose any weight!

canida (author)2007-06-05

These do taste good. I just ate several.

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