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[The Cookie Elf File] 12 Days of Easy Christmas Cookies #1: Danish Butter Crunch Cookies
December 01, 2014
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12 Days of Easy Christmas Cookies #1: Danish Butter Crunch Cookies

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Danish Butter Crunch Cookies are a cross between bar cookies and shortbread with nuts layered on top. The cookies don’t exactly follow the time-honored ratio in shortbread’s traditional three key ingredients: one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour. The additional butter (or margarine) makes a richer cookie.

And with just 6 ingredients, it’s easy to see why this can become one of your favorite easy Christmas cookie recipes.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 45-50 minutes
Makes about 4-6 dozen bars, depending on how you cut them

Get the full recipe for Danish Butter Crunch Cookies and get inspired by different shortbread variations on The Elf’s Shortbread Pinterest Board.

Christmas Cookie Baking Tip : Chopped Nuts for Shortbread

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When using nuts in shortbread cookie dough or on the surface of the shortbread, chop them as finely as possible.

In the case of Danish Butter Crunch Cookies, finely-chopped nuts will adhere easily to the egg white coating on the surface of the bars … while coarsely chopped nuts will make the cookie surface rough and difficult to cut into bars.

Try using a steel blade in your food processor to pulverize nuts.

See more helpful baking tips on The Elf’s Baking Tips Pinterest Board .

More Easy Shortbread Christmas Cookie Recipes from The Elf

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

The Cookie Elf

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