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Delicate Danish Butter Cookies


Tags: baking, sweets

  • Prep time: 75 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Servings: 42 cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup turbinado raw sugar


Cream the butter. Add the brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and lemon zest. Add flour and salt; mix until just combined. Roll the dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter (chill dough, if needed, for easier handling). Roll the log in the turbinado sugar. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice dough log into 3/8-inch-thick rounds; place the rounds on 2 large baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

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