Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Recipe for "Danish Butter Cookies" or a good Shortbread

If you know what the sewing kit cookies are, you probably like them like I do.  Mom had the iconic blue tin and it was chock full of sewing supplies.  Actually it was her backup supply because her main kit was a floral print box.

I was getting annoyed with how fast I would go through these cookies.  Every time I would go shopping, I'd grab a tin off the shelf and within a week or two they would be gone.  I am extremely active with four hard cardio workouts a week, and these are perfect for my mid workout water and cookie stop.

So since I'm "better than average in the kitchen" I went searching for a similar recipe. 

It's a similar recipe because they aren't quite as crispy as the ones in the tin, but the butter flavor is unmistakable. 

Since it is a butter cookie, splurge on the Better Butter.  It will shine in this recipe.

Then you can have your mid workout snack just like I am.

Oh, and you really want to pipe these out onto the baking sheet.  I had trouble with my cookie press so I just used a teaspoon sized scoop and pressed them flat with my thumb. 

I need a bit more practice with that press.


  • 1 cup or two sticks (227g) of Room Temperature Unsalted Butter
  • 1 egg Room Temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 g) salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon (7.5 g) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (284 g) all-purpose flour
  • Optional: some sanding sugar for decoration


In a mixer:

  • Cream the butter until fluffy.
  • Slowly add sugar to the butter.
  • Add salt, vanilla, and egg.
  • Slowly add in the flour at low speed. Dough will be thick.
  • Pipe or spoon into 2 inch circle on cookie sheet lined with Parchment Paper.
  • Sprinkle with Sanding Sugar at this time.
  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
  • Bake for 11 to 17 minutes depending on thickness of cookies.
  • Cookies will be done when they begin to turn golden on the edges.

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