Thursday, December 20, 2012

Danish Almond Wreath Cookies


I'm back with another Danish wreath shape and this time it's for your holiday cookie tray.  These are also from the cookbook The Great Scandinavian Cookbook by Beatrice Ojakangas that I mentioned in my last post.


The ingredients are simple and I had everything on hand that I needed to make these, including my almost antique Super Shooter cookie press!  Great manufacturing because it still works. You could also use a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch star tip to form the wreaths.  I added slivered almonds for the bows on my wreaths. White on white is a very popular theme in Scandinavian baking :) These are crunchy and delicious and even better the second day. 

 


May the joy and wonder of Christmas be with you!

Danish Almond Wreath Cookies

Adapted from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas
Printable Recipe

These are the best known of the Danish cookies. Eating them freshly made is much better than buying them in a tin which has traveled a few thousand miles!

Makes about 8 dozen cookies

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 egg
1/4 cup finely minced almonds (I added almost 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla (almond extract would also taste great in these, or you could use half vanilla and half almond extract)
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

In a bowl, cream the sugar and butter until blended. Add the egg, almonds, vanilla and flour and mix until dough is smooth. Chill 30 mintes. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F.

Pur the dough into a cookie press or pastry bag with a 1/2" star tip. Press out into circles about 2" in diameter. You may add slivered almonds for the 'bows' on the wreaths.

Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes - or until golden.

66 comments:

  1. Little Children make Christmas so special! How I miss that my grandkids are now adults and teenagers.
    You wreaths are really a sight of beauty and sure look good.
    Rita

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  2. what nice and adorable cookies!!!! and the kids are soo cute!
    Have a nice and wonderful Christmas!!

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  3. I have now known a few people who've gotten over strokes, so my wishes are with you and your sister. They all had strong wills, I'm sure you will get her through it.
    Great cookies, just like my mom used to make... lovely to see your blog again!

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    1. Thank you for those positive thouhts, Deana! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Prayers for your sister's good recovery. I've never made pressed cookies but these look delicious. I do have a pastry bag and tips. The little boys are adorable. What joy to have them with you at Christmas.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  5. We are so lucky to have these Godsends Susan..I love this post ..to see them :)

    The cookies are beautiful too..I love making wreath cookies..found a different recipe but wonder if I should try yet another..Love the bows you added:)
    I too have read such positive stories about strokes..
    I have done quite a bit of brain reading in the last few years..
    I have been thinking positive thoughts for your dear sister...
    And I am thinking of you.
    x

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    1. I so agree, Monique. Merry Christmas and Thank you!

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  6. The cookies sound great and it's always nice to find another recipe to use with the cookie press! The boys are so cute and I wish your sister a speedy recovery:@)

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  7. Susan, I am sorry to hear about your sister. My mom had a stroke, was not paralyzed but hers was a mental one, affecting speech. I think physical therapy can do wonders, if fact, I've seen miracles come out of it. Sending blessings to you. Your cookies look melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And your grandbabies are so adorable. xo

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    1. So very much appreciated, Barbara! Thank you very much.

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  8. Your post reminded me that I purchased one of those cookie shooters at the end of the season last year. Today or tomorrow might not be the day to experiment, but I do love these Danish cookies...I mean, I really like the ones in the Big Blue Tin.

    I'm sorry that your sister is having some difficulties right now. The hospital is the best place when one needs it. I will certainly pray for her complete recovery.

    The grands are adorable. Yes, three is about when they really know what is going on. So much fun for you all!

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  9. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for your Sister.((hugs)) Sorry she is in the hospital during the holidays.:/
    Your Grands are so cute ! My youngest Grand did not want any part of Santa again this year - she will be 3 next yr. so maybe that will change.
    Those cookies sound delish - love almond flavored cookies.

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  10. So sorry to hear about your sister, what a stressful experience for you. I've been wanting to get a cookie press for years now, the cookies look so perfect!

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  11. Beautiful cookies! So elegant and dainty. (I do have an ancient cookie press to make these with.) Your grandchildren are adorable- Christmas is a special time with them I know. :) Prayers for your sister for a speedy recovery!

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  12. I am so sorry to hear about your sister. Sending good thoughts your way.

    I have my mothers cookie press, has to be 60 years old. I love to make cookies with it. Hoping it happens this year. We had a blizzard last night and are without power.

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! We had snow last night too but now as much as they initially predicted, thankfully.

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  13. Susan, the cookies look so beautiful. Your grandsons are adorable and I'm sure will make your Christmas special. Here's wishing a full recovery for your dear sister.

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  14. Susan, I am sorry to hear about your sister. I wish her a speed recovery.
    These cookies look really really pretty with almond bows ;-)

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  15. I have been thinking positive thoughts for your sister...the cookies look so perfect,I wish you a Merry Christmas Susan, a warm hug from Italy....

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  16. The cookies look yummy, the little ones sweet!
    I'm sorry for your sister's stroke - and yes, I will think of her and send positive thoughts of recovery.

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  17. The cookies look so dainty and delicious. My thoughts and prayers with your sister I am sure she will recover and having a loving sister like you is a huge asset. Your grandson looks like an angel, I love Xmas spent with children like him, it is so much more fun! Happy holidays!

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    1. Thank you very much, Joumana! The little ones do help make Christmas fun :)

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  18. So sorry to hear about your sister, Susan. I'm sure she's a fighter and will be sending positive thoughts her way.
    Your wreath cookies are so lovely and delicate. A perfect presentation.

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. With therapy the way that it is these days I'm sure her recovery will go well. Thank goodness she's still here and although in the hospital will still share Christmas with family.

    These Danish look perfect and darling just like your grand kids - so precious! Buy the way I love your collage of photos. Was that do e through PicMonkey?

    I hope you have a happy holiday and your sister has a speedy recovery.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts, Vicki! Yes, I used PicMonkey ;)

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  20. Sending best thoughts and prayers for your sister, wishing her a speedy recovery! The boys are adorable, getting so big! love the smiles at the haircut, mine was not as happy with that, LOL!
    Merry Christmas, Susan.

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    1. Very much appreciated, Carol! Dane is such an easy-going baby :)

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  21. Absolutely beautiful little cookies Susan. I can only dream of making something this beautiful. Enjoy Christmas with that beautiful little family. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister being in the hospital. I wish her a speedy recovery.

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  22. lovely cookies love the design and your grandbabies are adorable, praying for your sister thats hard

    hugs

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  23. Susan, the cookies are beautiful! Christmas with your grandchildren will be so special. Keeping your sister in my prayers.

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  24. These cookies look superb and your grandsons so cute! I wish your sister and your family the best in light of recent events. She is fortunate to be surrounded by so many who love her.

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  25. If ever there was an elegant cookie, this is it. They are beautiful..so delicate.Between you and Monique, with you baking skills? I can get my daily fix of beautiful baking. I am sure these cookies are ever so light, they look it..
    That cutest of little boys and big brother Mac..they are already heartbreakers!
    I am sorry to hear about your sister..will keep in her in my thoughts and prayers and I wish her full recovery..she needs a lot of love and spoiling over this season. Wish you all well..
    Bises
    Ronelle

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    1. Monique is so much more talented than I but thank you very much, Ronelle, and thank you also for your thoughts for my sister.

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  26. Hi Susan - I know you will have a wonderful holiday with those 2 adorable little grandsons. Merriest Christmas best wishes to you and your family.

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  27. Your grandsons are adorable, Susan. They put the Merry in Christmas, don't they?
    The cookies look delicious, your pics are fabulous as usual.
    I did not know about your sister, I will pray for her.
    Merry Christmas to you and your dear family! My cooking chores are about to begin. I have just about recovered from last week's event, and now back in the kitchen again! But, who knows how many more years we have to do this?

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! I truly appreciate it!

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  28. What a beautiful cookie! Running to make it! ;)

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  29. A very pretty and dainty looking cookie. I know they must be delicious too. Love seeing the photos of those sweet little boys so dear to your heart. How much fun you will have with them this Christmas!

    Praying for your sister.

    Merry Christmas wishes to you all!

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  30. Gorgeous cookies Susan! Your grand-boys :) are adorable! What a fun age for everyone at Christmas~ it makes it that much more magical! Sending healing & positive thoughts your sister's way. Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too, Mary! Thanks so much for your thoughts :)

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  31. I suggest that you open your own bakery and name it The Elegant Baker. Because that's who you are - whatever it is you choose to make or bake, it's elegant. These look mouthwatering. Wishing you a most joyful holiday and healthful new year Susan. take care now.

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  32. My best wishes for your sister's recovery. I love your Danish wreath cookies, they are so sweet and buttery looking in your pictures;-) Have a wonderful Christmas;-)

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  33. Your cookies looks so pretty! Your grandsons are very cute!
    I'm so sorry to hear about your sister, will pray for her speedy recovery. Take care and have a blessed Christmas!

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  34. Oh, no. How did I ever miss that Mack (who's grown quite a bit, btw) had a little brother, named Dane?


    The wreath cookies look so pretty and festive, but your two adorable Christmas elves put a big smile on my face.

    Happy Holidays to All!

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    1. :-) Dane was born March 13, Marysol. Now we have two little boys to light up our lives.

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  35. Oh Susan, your grandsons are absolutely adorable! I look forward to having grandchildren someday.... can't wait!

    Patricia @ ButterYum

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