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Danish Strips

A homemade version of the Danish butter cookies that come in a tin. This makes a LOT of cookies, and is dead easy. It is a Traditional Family Recipe I clipped from a newspaper many years ago.

2 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups (1 pound) butter, room temp, NOT margarine, and use good-quality- Land of Lakes is both decent and affordable.
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 scant teaspoon salt

Decorations: sugar, sanding or colored sugar, chopped nuts, etc.- I usually use colored sugars

Separate 1 egg, reserving the white. Mix the other egg, the yolk, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. it can be chilled at this point; this will make puffier cookies.

Heat oven to 350F. Grease cookie sheet.

Roll 3-3.25 oz dough into a cookie-sheet-long log. Put 3 such logs onto cookie sheet. pat out till they are around 1.25 inches wide and around 0.25 inch thick.

Beat egg white with 1 teaspoon water till frothy. Brush dough with this and sprinkle with decorations.

Bake for 8-10 min, watching carefully. Ideally, they are just barely cooked, but I like some browning. Remove, and while hot, use a knife of pizza cutter to cut them into narrow diagonal strips. Remove to a rack, or newspapers covered with waxed paper to cool.

Once they are really cooled, put into sealed containers.

just popping by

Date: 2015-10-04 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh! I don't know if you know, in Denmark they like to use "vanilla sugar" instead of liquid vanilla, which is just sugar infused with vanilla (I think the trick was "stick a vanilla root into a bunch of sugar and let it sit there for some months"). I doubt it will effect the taste much but it might be fun to try.

Now I went to Arla's site (they just make a lot of dairy products) and got a recipe in Danish for these same cookies so if you want to try them in the "real" Danish way, here you go! (It's very possible your recipe is actually better btw):

Makes: If you put them through a machine, the recipe will make 280 cookies. If you do it by hand, they'll be more compact and make about 200 cookies.

1 vanilla root
375g wheat flour (about 6 1⁄4 dl)
125g potato flour (about 1 3⁄4 dl)
375g cold butter
100g finely-chopped, de-shelled almonds
250g sugar (about 3 dl)
1 egg

Chop the vanilla into small pieces. Mix the wheat flour and potato flour together. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and mash it into the flour. Add vanilla, almonds and sugar. Quickly add in the egg.

Let the dough rest in the fridge until the next day. Push the dough through a machine or spritser that makes a star-shape and draw the dough in a straight line. Cut the lines of dough into pieces about 10 cm long each, and form them into wreaths. Put them onto a tray with baking/wax paper and bake them in the top of the oven.

Bake for about 8 min at 200°C. Tip: Both the raw dough and the finished cookies freeze well.

Based on a quick google search, they don't add anything on top (ex. no sprinkled sugar).

Re: just popping by

Date: 2015-10-04 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nifty! Thank you! I am rather keen to try this, maybe alongside the ones I make. :)

I do need to set up some vanilla sugar. I bought vanilla beans in bulk a while back, and froze them; when I've used one for custard or whatever, including the seeds, I can take the pod itself and bury it in sugar. Or salt, for savory applications...

Date: 2015-10-05 11:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Something else cool that I read one time - lavender in cooking!

When I searched I found a ton of stuff, like "lavender sugar" and "lavender porridge". Though it seems like I didn't save the recipes.

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