Christmas baking 3: Sugar cookies

9th December

So far we have made 2 of the 7 cookies traditionally baked in Norway for Christmas.  Today we turn to number 3.  The cookies being baked today are found all over Scandinavia and particularly in Denmark.  The can be bought in tins in the UK super markets, under the title of Danish cookies too.  But nothing beats home made, right?

I myself had not made these before this year, although they have featured heavily in our household over the years.  Now I felt it was time to incorporate them in this years choice of 7 cookies.

Sugar cookies
Sugar Cookies

You will need:

  250g plain flour
  75g granulated sugar and some for the topping too
  zest of 1 large lemon
  200g butter, chilled and cubed
  1 egg, lightly beaten

1  Mix the flour, sugar, butter ad lemon zest together with a wooden spoon until it forms a dough. I tend to then use my hands to bring it together into a smooth firm dough ball.

2  Cover in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for an hour.

3  Remove from the fridge and roll it out between two sheets of greaseproof paper to avoid it sticking to the rolling pin.  Roll out into a rectangle shape to a depth of 1cm.  I find it easier to divide the dough in half and do this twice.

4  Brush over the top the beaten egg and sprinkle very generously sugar on top.  Gently roll the sugar into the top of the dough, this will form the delicious crisp part to the cookie.

5  Cut the dough into rectangle shapes of about 5cm x 3cm.  You should be able to make about 30 -35 cookies.

6  Place cookies on a lined baking tray and bake for 15-18 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius or until golden brown.

7  Allow to cool thoroughly before storing in an air tight jar.

These cookies should keep for 2~3 weeks, they are so lovely as the lemon zest adds just a very subtle flavour, just delicious.

Follow the links to discover the Christmas cookies we have baked so far this year: 
Chocolate & Cardamom ~ Cookies number 1
Serinakaker ~ Cookies number 2

♥  Let me know if and what you are baking for Christmas  


  1. I remember as a child we used to get a tin of Danish cookies at Christmas that I think were very similar to these. I hadn't seen them in years and then earlier in the year I saw some for sale somewhere - Ikea? - and now I have seen yours. Must be the year for them!! xx

    1. Yes the tin of Danush biscuits, if in right I think they came in a red tin are very similar ... But homemade if possible is best ?!?!?!? Hee hee

  2. These look delicious - I will make some at once! Like Amy, I was wondering if they are similar to Danish cookies we sometimes get at Christmas. Thank you very much for visiting A Bit About Britain - do stop by again.

    1. Hi Mike. Welcome to eclectic home life. Love your UK blog. Yes, these will be very similar. Glad you might give them a try. Let me know how you get on. X

  3. I made these last year using your recipe. They were a huge hit :-)

    1. So very glad to hear this. Hope you'll be baking more this year, or perhaps something else? Enjoy all the Christmas preparations ❤️

  4. Ops, I really meant to comment on the Pepperkake recipe entry there. The sugar cookies look yummy too, I will give them a try next time my boys want to do some baking.

    1. I did wonder as I had not made these before this year and guessed that might be the case. I think the bits will like these too ;)

  5. Those look lovely - I wonder if my Danish colleague would like some? If they are everywhere in Scandinavia it might be a nice surprise to make some for her.

    1. Yes! Lovely idea. Make them , give them and let us know what she thinks if them. This is our Norwegian Danush version, but must almost be the same. How exciting let me know ...


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