Miniature Danish Cookies





Introduction: Miniature Danish Cookies

About: My name is Randy and I am a Community Manager in these here parts. In a previous life I had founded and run the Instructables Design Studio (RIP) @ Autodesk's Pier 9 Technology Center. I'm also the author ...

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

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

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

Step 3: Egg Yolks

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

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

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

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

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

Start eating them.

If you don't like them, Fed Ex them to me.

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29 Discussions

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


The Mother. ;-)

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

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 :)

These are a common favourite in Australia called jam drops.

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

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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!

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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!)

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