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Sugared Danish Butter Cookies with Pecan Halves


"This recipe is for a very elegant and tender butter cookie that just melts in your mouth. Half of the dough yields a sugared butter cookie, while the other half is unsugared and topped with a pecan half. This recipe can be easily halved for a smaller yield, but believe me, the cookies disappear quickly. You won't regret making an entire batch because no one can stop eating them. The recipe looks more complicated than it really is. Just be sure not to slice the cookies too thickly."
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1 d 1 h 45 m servings 38 cals
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Original recipe yields 176 servings (0 dozen cookies)


  • Calories:
  • 38 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 2.1 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.3g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift the flour and white sugar together, and stir in 1 egg and the vanilla extract until well combined. Using a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough in half, and roll into two 11-inch-long logs. Wrap one of the logs in waxed paper and then plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Place 3 tablespoons of coarse sugar crystals on a flat plate. Brush the second log with beaten egg, and roll it in the sugar crystals, coating it thickly. Carefully wrap the sugared log in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. (See Cook's Note.)
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Cut the unsugared log of dough into round slices about 1/8-inch thick, and place the rounds onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1/2-inch apart. Top each round with a pecan half. Cut the sugared log of dough into 1/8-inch thick slices, and place them onto prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle each sugared cookie with more coarse sugar crystals, if desired.
  6. Place one baking sheet of cookies at a time into the preheated oven, and bake until the edges barely turn golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool.


  • Cook's Notes
  • After the logs of dough are wrapped and ready to chill, they may be frozen and baked later.
  • Tip
  • Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

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Really good! Amazing recipe! Melts on your mouth instantly!

Most helpful critical review

After reading reviews used 2eggs and 3tsp vanilla. Not sure what went wrong? The butter just melted onto the cookie sheet! I will try again without changes. Any suggestions?

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Really good! Amazing recipe! Melts on your mouth instantly!

This dough can be a bit crumbly, but the cookies are amazing! Well worth the mess. :)

I am the original poster of this recipe. The crumbliness of the dough is what makes the crisp texture of the cookie when it is baked. If you mix the dough when the kitchen is hot,the dough is le...

Luckily, I read the reviews before trying this recipe for the first time because I too, had to add another egg and a little more vanilla so that the dough would even stick together. After sticki...

Just finished making this recipe. I didn't have a problem with mixing the dough it was the baking that wasn't right. Recommend to bake at 350 for 10 mins then turn cookies over and bake 4 more m...

After reading reviews used 2eggs and 3tsp vanilla. Not sure what went wrong? The butter just melted onto the cookie sheet! I will try again without changes. Any suggestions?

The dough was impossibly crumbly to even try to form a ball let alone roll it into a log. I added an egg and another teaspoon of vanilla and then everything was fine and the cookies were very g...