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Danish Vanillekranse Christmas Cookies

Servings: Makes about 150 cookies
These cookies are served in Danish homes at Christmas time. My Mother always made these for Christmas, she also made Danish Klejners, another Danish Christmas cookie.

These cookies can also be made in other Christmas shapes and decorated with icing, colored sugars, and candies.

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until dough is smooth. Put dough in a cookie press ( cut out cookies with wreath shaped cookie cutter, or any type christmas design cookie cutter) and place wreaths onto greased cookie sheets. (Vanilla cookie wreaths should be about 1 1/2-inch in diameter). Bake at 325 degrees F, or until very slightly browned.

Makes approximately 150 cookies.

Note: Vanillekranse cookies can be made in different shapes other than wreaths. Try candy cane shapes, Christmas bells, snowmen, or santas, etc.

Also, see recipe for Danish Klejner's (another Danish Christmas cookie recipe on this website in the "Guest Recipe Book", under the "Christmas category".........DianasDesserts

Source: Mother
Submitted By: John Holm
Date: November 5, 2002