Danish Vanilla Rings are a traditional Danish Christmas cookie similar to spritz cookies. Crisp, buttery and full of vanilla flavor, they are a must make for Christmas!
Can you believe Christmas is just over a week away? Last weekend was all about Christmas cookie baking for me! The first two batches I enjoyed making, but by the fourth and fifth batch my legs were aching, my back was sore, I basically felt like a 90 year old woman standing in the kitchen. I’ve come to the conclusion that as much as I love baking, I’m not sure I could do it for a living. I have so much respect for bakers who spend the whole day on their feet in a kitchen that starts out feeling so good on a cold day and then a few hours in you’re about to break out in a sweat and changing into a pair of shorts…that was me on Sunday. Despite my aching back and sore feet I managed to make four different kinds of cookies last Sunday and one of my favorites were these Danish Vanilla Rings!
The recipe for these Danish Vanilla Rings is one that my mom got a couple of years ago from our Danish relatives living in Denmark. I stuck to the recipe exactly except for adding a little bit of whole wheat pastry flour to replace some of the all purpose flour. You absolutely don’t have to do that, I just did it because I knew I would eat about ten of them and wanted to feel a little better about it by adding the whole grains, perfectly logical right?
Danish Vanilla Rings are very similar to traditional spritz cookies, with the exception that they have almond meal/flour in them. I loved the addition of the almond meal because it gave the cookies a nice nutty flavor and texture. There of course is plenty of butter in these cookies, because that’s essentially what they are, a butter cookie. They are crisp, crunchy and perfect for eating with some coffee or tea!
Aside from baking these because it’s Christmas time and I can’t go a year without making them, I also baked a batch earlier this month to share with three other food bloggers as part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! This was my second year participating in it, last year I made these Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelles. After having so much fun giving and receiving cookies last year I knew I wanted to do it again. The purpose of this cookie swap is to help raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It’s a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer. So not only is the money going to a good cause, but I get the pleasure of baking and eating lots of cookies, which isn’t a bad thing at all!
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