Danish Vanilla Butter Cookies (Vanillekranse)

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  The delicate Danish Vanilla Butter Cookies (Vanillekranse) are made with only five ingredients.
Photo by Helana Brigman -- The delicate Danish Vanilla Butter Cookies (Vanillekranse) are made with only five ingredients.

Anna Jorgensen

Danish Vanilla Butter Cookies (Vanillekranse)

Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies. Recipe is from Anna Jorgensen.

2/3 lb. butter (3 sticks)

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

4 cups flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease or line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat. Cream together butter, egg, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Gradually add flour until dough forms, working in all four cups.

2. Halve dough and on a lightly floured surface, roll into a long tube, about 2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into ½ to 1-inch cookies. Transfer cookies to baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Optional, traditional technique: Using a cookie press, feed dough through tube with the ribbed attachment. Press dough through tube and shape into wreaths.